Friday, March 25, 2022
A SECRET INGREDIENT BEHIND THE TOOLS OF EXTENDED REALITY (XR)
Exponential growth of digital technology is currently the most important force behind the formidable tools that continually eXtend our Reality.
Moore's law, more than half a century ago, predicted the exponential growth in the number of transistors (and hence the power) that could be employed in a device. That means the transistors and the wiring must get smaller and smaller. There are 15,000,000,000 (15 Billion!) transistors in an iPhone 13.
How do they put all that stuff and all that wiring into a small phone that you can hold in your hand?
CNBC has just released a short (quite brilliant!) film that describes ASML (Advanced Semiconductor Materials Lithography) and the machines they make, that power the creation of computer chips.
Transistors are semiconductor devices... which are are wired into chips... on wafers... with ASMC's tools. The chips taken from the wafer are the electronic cores of everything from talking toys, to smart phones, to cars, to gaming consoles, to supercomputers, to rocket ships and telescopes in outer space. For example, the M1 chip that Apple designed is manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) which is a customer and part owner of ASML.
Here's a link to the CNBC video:
Here's a link to a Wikipedia article on ASML:
ASML - WIKIPEDIA
Here's a link to a Wikipedia article on computer chips (which they call "integrated circuits"):
INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - WIKIPEDIA
Here's a link to the introduction of the term "eXtended Reality (XR)":
INTRODUCING EXTENDED REALITY - QPORIT
Labels: Advanced Semiconductor Materials Lithography, Apple, ASML, chips, CNBC, computer chips, computers, eXtended Reality, semiconductors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, transistors, TSMC, wafers, XR