<electronics> A three terminal semiconductor amplifying device, the fundamental component of most active electronic circuits, including digital electronics. The transistor was invented on 1947-12-23 at Bell Labs.

There are two kinds, the bipolar transistor (also called the junction transistor), and the field-effect transistor (FET).

Transistors and other components are interconnected to make complex integrated circuits such as logic gates, microprocessors and memory.

(01 Mar 1995)

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