Most people don’t think about the complexity of the technology that they hold in their hand when using their smartphone. We all know that mobile phones can load apps, show our GPS location, and send text messages, but do you know what components go into making this miracle device?
What Are Silicon Wafers?
Silicon wafers were created by Mohamed Atalla in the 1950s. He created a silicon wafer with a layer of si02 which allows electricity to flow on a conductive silicon layer. In 1954, Atalla officially announced the first silicon transistor that became available commercially.
Since then, these silicon wafers have been used by every major electronic company to create microchips in electronic devices. This includes every day household items such as ovens, microwaves, cell phones, and computers just to name a few. If your device uses electricity, it most likely uses silicon wafers to divert and conduct electricity to make it function.
The Size Doesn’t Matter
Many people think that silicon wafers have to be small in order to function properly. In fact, silicon wafers can be any thickness and will still function properly. Thickness of silicon wafers differs based on the application they will be used for. For example, a large appliance may use a thicker silicon wafer than that of a small device such as a cell phone or laptop.
Wafers Can Be Cleaned
Overtime, silicon wafers can collect dust particles, or even be damaged when other components are maintained or swapped out. When this happens, these wafers can be repaired through thin film deposition services to make them look and function like new.
Having silicon wafers repaired, instead of thrown away, can save large electronic manufacturers time and money as they can reuse silicon wafers that may be damaged.
As you can see, silicon wafers play a major part in our everyday lives. Understanding the components that exist in our electronics can help us to appreciate and take better care of them.