Plastic chips, the 2-nanometer process, the chip race of the electronic age, The United States has been stepping up innovation.
Smart phone, smart city, smart home, intelligent manufacturing, modern life is surrounded by ubiquitous electronic products, it is no exaggeration to say that we are living in a ubiquitous electronic age.
Chip is undoubtedly the core of industrial competition strategy in the electronic era. As the global hegemon, the United States has always firmly grasped this strategic core and continued to enhance its first-mover advantage and core competitiveness.
After dominating Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei with high-precision micro-chip cards, the United States has recently declared its lead and dominance in the field with a number of achievements.
In early may, once the most important chip maker - IBM announced has successfully developed the world's first 2 USES nanometer (nm) specifications nano technology chip, and it has been created in the Albany lab 2 nm, and promised to make function for smart phones, laptops and servers more powerful and more efficient computer chips.
The technology is expected to improve performance by 45 percent and reduce energy consumption by 75 percent compared to the most advanced 7-nanometer node chips.
IBM has outsourced its chip manufacturing to Samsung Electronics, but still maintains a chip manufacturing research center in Albany, New York.
The center produces chips for test purposes and has joint technology development agreements with Samsung and Intel that allow them to use IBM's chip manufacturing technology.
It is conceivable that in the future, their joint efforts to block China's chip industry will only be stronger.
And on June 20, it was announced that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with PragmatIC Semiconductor, a flexible electronics manufacturer, has designed an inexpensive plastic processor that is essentially a plastic chip.
The research team has reportedly built a sample of a four-bit processor measuring 5.6 mm², containing 2,104 semiconductor devices with a yield of more than 80%, and estimates it will be mass-produced at a cost of less than 1 cent per chip.
While plastic chips dramatically cut production costs, they also accelerated the era of more ubiquitous, softer and cheaper chips, ushering in a truly ubiquitous electronic age.