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Sunday, July 19, 2020

#440 Silicon vs silicone

As a semiconductor purist, I can’t help, but take note of  all too often encountered misuses of semiconductor related terms (see for instance entry #435). As an example, a quote from the piece I recently came across on-line: “…. the plastic mask is secured to your face with a silicon pad…”


I won’t get to into explaining the difference between “silicon” and “silicone”, because it is so obvious. I am just protesting against frivolous misuse of the name of my favorite semiconductor.  Little “e” makes a big difference...

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