Cosmos Briefing: the Semiconductor Shortage

Global semiconductor industry sales were $439.0 billion in 2020. China has called chip independence a top national priority in its latest five-year plan, while U.S. President Joe Biden has vowed to build a secure American supply chain by reviving domestic manufacturing. Even the European Union is mulling measures to make its own chips. Given our … Continue reading Cosmos Briefing: the Semiconductor Shortage

Where do you go when the chips are down?

This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 9 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. TAIWAN LEADS THE WORLD in semiconductor manufacturing, with a single company – Taiwan SemiconductorManufacturing Company (TSMC) – accounting for an astonishing 55% of the world’s sales by revenue. That number alone confirms TSMC as the central … Continue reading Where do you go when the chips are down?

Where do you go when the chips are down? Why Taiwan’s water supply matters to us all

TAIWAN LEADS THE WORLD in semiconductor manufacturing, with a single company – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) – accounting for an astonishing 55% of the world’s sales by revenue. That number alone confirms TSMC as the central player in the manufacture of the integrated circuit chips at the heart of the world’s modern computer processors … Continue reading Where do you go when the chips are down? Why Taiwan’s water supply matters to us all

Helping keep computer chips cool

When it comes to computer chips, smaller is better. Manufacturers are continually trying to shrink their size and pack as many transistors as possible onto the same chip. More power, less space is the mantra – Moore’s Law suggests that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years. But that creates its … Continue reading Helping keep computer chips cool