field-effect transistor


field-ef·​fect transistor ˈfēld-ə-ˌfekt- How to pronounce field-effect transistor (audio)
: a transistor in which the output current is controlled by a variable electric field

Examples of field-effect transistor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In operation, the device uses a low-voltage, high speed GaN transistor to control a high-voltage SiC junction field-effect transistor (JFET). IEEE Spectrum, 16 Jan. 2024 But his group has developed a sensor with a graphene field-effect transistor (FET) that can detect toxins at those low levels within seconds. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Aug. 2023 Leading-edge transistors are already transitioning from the fin field-effect transistor (FinFET) architecture to nanosheets. IEEE Spectrum, 25 May 2023 Every metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor, or MOSFET, has the same set of basic parts: the gate stack, the channel region, the source, and the drain. Marko Radosavljevic, IEEE Spectrum, 11 Aug. 2022 To our interview Liu has brought a model of his own: a Lego model of TSMC’s showstopping fin field-effect transistor, which controls the flow of current in a semiconductor using an electric field, a narrow fin, a system of gates, and very little voltage. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2023 Boahen suggests that a string of ferroelectric capacitors could emulate a stretch of dendrite and replace the gate stack of a field-effect transistor to form a ferroelectric FET (FeFET). IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2023 For the initial signal amplification, the team was already using what might be considered the gold standard: high-mobility, heterojunction field-effect transistor amplifiers. Rachel Courtland, IEEE Spectrum, 1 May 2014 The problem is, producing the nanotubes, called carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNFET) is messy and current processes create tubes with too many defects to scale up the process. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of field-effect transistor was in 1952

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“Field-effect transistor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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