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Elements used to make semiconductor componets before silicon

  1. May 15, 2005 #1
    hi all, im new here so if i break any rules please correct me
    er im puzzled over an assignment and have no idea how to search for it, the question ask for the elements that was used to make semiconductor componets before it was replaced by silicon..

    please help..a site help would do just fine thanks

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  3. May 15, 2005 #2


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    Various materials were used by experimentalists in the development of seimconductor devices. The one I think you are looking for was used by the scientists credited with inventing the transistor. That material is still used for some semiconductor devices today, and in some ways is superior to silicon, but most devices are now made of silicon because it is easier to work with.

    Look up the invention of the transistor.
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