Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Russia Makes Plastic Transistors
It is reported in ‘Radio e Televisione’ that the Russian scientist Nikolai Semenoff has set up a new type of transistor in plastic material which has properties similar to those of normal germanium transistors.’
So, over 50 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 19th 1961.
The story continues:
The plastic substance, bombarded by radiation, becomes semiconducting. The advantages of this new transistor are mainly economic.
The story concludes:
Germanium is obtainable in comparatively small quantities, while plastic materials can be easily produced by organic (chemical) synthesis.Tags: germanium transistors, nikolai, synthesis, televisione, transistor