Category Archives: Microchips and computers

All vehicles (cars, trucks, ships, trains) have microchips. All computer Systems would stop working: Financial, Transportation, Health, Industry, Infrastructure (the Electric Grid, Nuclear Power Plants, Oil refineries, etc), Satellites, GPS, computers, cell phones — virtually every electronic device has microchips. All microchips have a limited and short lifespan because there are always impurities and other internal metals and substances that migrate over time and slow the chip down and eventually cause it to fail.

The Fragility of Microchips

Preface. This is an introduction to how microchips are made to give you an idea of how difficult and amazing they are.  This is a very high-level overview gathered from two textbooks full of mind-boggling processes and complexity.  Microchips are … Continue reading

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How are microchips made?

Preface. Computer chip fabrication plants need to run continuously for weeks to accomplish the thousands of steps needed to make microchips. A half-hour power outage at Samsung’s Pyeongtaek chip plant caused losses of over $43 million dollars (Reuters 2019). Chip … Continue reading

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Motherboards: too complicated to make after oil

Preface. The wood-based world of the future simply won’t have the energy and minerals required not just to make electronic devices, but the precision machine tools to make them.  As diesel fuel grows scarce and the economy fails, supply chains … Continue reading

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High-Tech can’t last: limited essential elements with limited lifespans

There are 17 rare earth elements in the periodic table. About nine of those elements go into every iPhone sold… and if China were suddenly to disappear from a map tomorrow, Apple would lose about 90% of those elements.  Source: … Continue reading

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