field-effect transistor

field-ef·​fect transistor | \ ˈfēld-ə-ˌfekt- How to pronounce field-effect transistor (audio) \

Definition of field-effect transistor

: a transistor in which the output current is controlled by a variable electric field

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Milestone Carbon-Nanotube Microchip Sends First Message: ‘Hello World!’," 30 Aug. 2019

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Field-effect transistor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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