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This guide offers an elementary introduction to integrated circuits. It is addressed to students, hobbyists, electronics advertising and merchandising personnel, and others who desire an essentially nonmathematical survey of the IC and its typical applications. The approach therefore is descriptive and practical, rather than theoretical and analytical.
No space is devoted to basic semiconductor theory, since the reader is assumed to be familiar already with n- and p-type materials and with transistors, diodes, and other familiar semiconductor devices. If he lacks this knowledge, he can easily find it in other guides (many on this site). He will need some general familiarity with pn junctions, diffusion, alloying, and deposition techniques, and with the photo-etching of circuits. And, of course, a knowledge of basic electronics is presupposed.
We are indebted to several IC manufacturers for illustrations and data: Fairchild Semiconductor Division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp., Motorola Semiconductor Products, Inc., Radio Corporation of America (RCA) (Electronic Components and Devices), Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., and Texas Instruments, Inc.
[Note: This guide is based on Sams "abc's of Integrated Circuits", pub'd in 1971]