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A new era of semiconductor innovation

Purdue & World Scientific co-launch new book and series to spearhead new era of semiconductor innovation

Book Announcement

World Scientific


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The transistor, the basic building block of electronic systems, was invented on December 16, 1947 at Bell Labs. In 2022, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this powerful little device. Having been called one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are pervasive in modern technology, including billions used on silicon chips, which are used in telecommunications, aviation, data communications, audio and video recording equipment, and much more. As the world continue to advance in manufacturing and microelectronics design, transistors will have an even greater impact in the 21st century.

Today, the field of electronics is in a state of transition, much like it was in the 1960s when progressing from vacuum tubes to transistors. As identified in the ASA-SEMI vision paper, there is an urgent need to update and modernize the semiconductor curriculum. This is where the new book Transistors! – written by Mark Lundstrom and published by World Scientific – fills out a needed niche. It is the first among many in the new lecture notes series, New Era Electronics, aiming to advance electronics by providing crucial foundational knowledge.

This book and its corresponding series are intended for undergraduates, graduates, and semiconductor industry professionals who are working actively to advance electronics in new directions. A wide range of topics is addressed, from Statistical Data Analysis, Design of Experiments, and Machine Learning, to Probabilistic Computing, Quantum Networks and Sensors, Embedded Systems and the Internet of Things, Fiber Optic Communications, and R.F. Design.

Even while the initial authors of the series are from Purdue University, academics and industry professionals are invited to contribute as well. Said Purdue University's President-elect Mung Chiang at the book series launch, "This series is an example of how innovative solutions can lower the barriers and democratize quality semiconductor education. The New Era Electronics Lecture Notes series aims to engage faculty everywhere both as authors and as teachers bringing the most modern and up-to date content to students.“

Mark Lundstrom, author of the inaugural volume of the series, added, “This new series will help prepare students and working engineers to contribute to the second half of the silicon century, which promises to be even more exciting and impactful than the first half.”

"We are proud to partner with the Purdue University College of Engineering and the ASA Initiative to publish this book series and further innovation in the semiconductor industry," said Max Phua, managing director of World Scientific Publishing. "Through these ready-to-use, accessible teaching materials, students and professionals everywhere will be better equipped for the ever-evolving future of electronics."

Transistors! retails for US$58 / £50 (paperback) and US$108 / £95 (hardcover) and is also available in electronic formats. To order or know more about the book, visit


About the Author

Mark Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He currently also serves as Interim Dean of Engineering, while spearheading the college's new microelectronics economic and workforce development initiatives. He is a Senior Research Fellow for the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy, Life Fellow of the IEEE, and Fellow for both the APS and the AAAS. Among his recognitions for his career contributions are the Semiconductor Industry Association's University Researcher Award, the Semiconductor Research Corporation's Aristotle Award, the IEEE's Cledo Brunetti Award, and the IEEE's Leon K Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award. Lundstrom was also elected to the US National Academy of Engineering for "leadership in microelectronics and nanoelectronics through research, innovative education, and unique applications of cyberinfrastructure". He also founded nanoHUB (, which now serves a global community of more than two million annually.

About World Scientific Publishing Co.

World Scientific Publishing is a leading international independent publisher of books and journals for the scholarly, research and professional communities. World Scientific collaborates with prestigious organisations like the Nobel Foundation and US National Academies Press to bring high quality academic and professional content to researchers and academics worldwide. The company publishes about 600 books and over 160 journals in various fields annually. To find out more about World Scientific, please visit

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