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Semiconductors in space

Blast off A post about semiconductors being used in space travel would be the perfect place to make dozens of space-themed puns, but let’s stay down to earth on this one. There are around 2,000 chips used in the manufacture of a single electric vehicle. Imagine, then, how many chips might be used in the […]

Could Graphene be used in semiconductors?

A new discovery Graphene was first isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004. Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov were experimenting on a Friday night (as you do) and found they could create very thin flakes of graphite using sticky tape. When separating these fragments further, they found they could produce flakes that were […]

The European Chips Act and its impact on electronic component sales

Semiconductors are vital for our day-to-day life. They are in all the electronics you own but are also in your kitchen appliances, your car, your electric shower and many more. But what if we lost access to these components? The huge reliance on imported semiconductors was made abundantly clear last year. Europe’s current share of […]

New construction of the smallest microchips using graphene nano-origami

Material science and clever engineering has cut the space between components on microchips to nanometres. This has led to significant performance benefits because more components can fit on the chip. However, there is a limit to how small things can go with current chip design. 7nm is as small as chips will go from here […]