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Sunday, February 23, 2014

#278 Semiconductors everywhere

It is unfortunate, but a blatant lack of recognition of the role semiconductor devices play in our lives seems to be pretty widespread. Well, there seem to be a loose association of semiconductors with computational and information processing electronics among the general public. Other than that, however, there seem to be little understanding of the function of semiconductors in essentially everything in our surrounding equipped with an “on-off” switch. Take modern cars, for instance. On more than one occasion I was strike by the lack of appreciation of the fact that modern cars these days are as much mechanical instruments, as they are electronic products controlled by semiconductors. The fact is that there is no single function modern cars are designed to perform these days, not a single vehicle operation monitoring system that do not controlled by semiconductor devices. The conclusion that I draw from the above is that the members of semiconductor community should be more vocal in spreading a word about increasingly broad penetration of our daily lives by semiconductors. It will serve well both academia, by attracting more students to the related classes, as well as semiconductor industry by attracting more investments.

Posted by Jerzy Ruzyllo at 05:17 PM | Semiconductors | Link is the personal blog of Jerzy Ruzyllo. With over 35 years of experience in academic research and teaching in the area of semiconductor engineering (currently holding position of a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University), he has a unique perspective on the developments in this progress driving technical domain and enjoys blogging about it.

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