Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
The great Bill Shockley invented more than the transistor, he invented ‘deathnium’ .
Deathnium was a mysterious material that got into his semiconductor devices and caused them either to fail completely or to shorten their lifetimes.
After much heartache, deathnium was unmasked as copper atoms.
Transported on the hands of technicians, they were contaminating the semiconductor manufacturing process
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