From smartphones in our pockets to the laptops on our desks, from electric vehicles roaming the streets to the commercial jets flying above us, there is a common piece of material that enables the functionality of these modern marvels: semiconductors.

The world’s first working integrated chip (IC) — more commonly known as the microchip — was built on a piece of semiconductor material back in 1958. Today, semiconductors are the foundation of contemporary technologies.

These semiconductors are ubiquitous components of microchips, transistors and other electronic segments. Without semiconductors, numerous technological wonders will not be possible.

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