Other Semiconductor Devices
Undeniably, the technologies of communications and control have benefited greatly from exploitation of the conventional triple-region junction transistor. We should appreciate, however, that this component is but a single member of a large family of semiconductor devices, each capitalizing upon a unique practical aspect of basic P-N junction phenomena. So numerous and varied are these, that the description in detail of even a reasonably representative portion of them could not possibly fall within the intended scope of this textbook. Nevertheless, our acquaintanceship with the junction transistor will certainly be enriched by giving at least some consideration to other semiconductor devices.