Globally, more than 748 million people do not have access to clean water and more than 2.5 billion people do not have adequate access to sanitation. More than 1,400 children die every day of diarrhea caused by unsafe water and improper sanitation. In Kenya, a solar-powered water pump was developed using locally-sourced equipment to pump 30,000 liters of clean, safe water to the village every day.
Electric cars, powered by semiconductors, will reduce the world’s dangerous dependence on fossil fuels. Taking into account the average US electricity sources, electric vehicle carbon emissions are already 65% lower than those of a traditional combustion engine car and this will only improve as we increase the use of cleaner, renewable energy.
As technology becomes more connected, autonomous, virtual, and intelligent, semiconductors play an increasingly significant role in individuals’ lives. In essence, semiconductors serve as a translator from the physical world to the digital world, and many products and applications we now take for granted simply would not be possible without them. Chips are the foundation of a wide range of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and automotive electronics, providing the computing power necessary for all these technologies to fulfill their potential.
Components for a semiconductor chip could travel more than 25,000 miles by the time it finds its way into a TV, mobile phone, automobile, etc.
Over 13 sextillion transistors have been manufactured since 1960 making them the most fabricated device in history by far.