|n.||1.||(Electronics) a component used in electronic devices consisting of three regions of at least two types of a semiconducting material, such as doped silicon, connected to each other and to three electrodes in a conducting path so as to modify the current or voltage in an electronic circuit.|
|Noun||1.||transistor - a semiconductor device capable of amplification|
|(electronics)||transistor - 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.