Lunch And Be taught: Laptop Chips. At Kodiak we’ve got a weekly, optionally available… | by David Silver | Self-Driving Automobiles

At Kodiak we’ve got a weekly, optionally available assembly referred to as Lunch & Be taught, the place someone within the firm talks about one thing they know properly.

Often the subject is expounded to, however not strictly part of, Kodiak and autonomous trucking. And, often, the format is for the session chief to play a video and add some feedback. That’s lots simpler than arising with an hour-long lecture from scratch.

This week, we realized about silicon chips, together with why chips have been in brief provide in automotive business.

We watched a sequence of movies, together with this video by TechAltar: “Why making chips is so arduous.”

The video highlights 5 areas required for chips:

Of these, fabrication looks as if the toughest, as a result of huge capital investments required for fabrication gear.

The entire video is nice and price a watch.

A bonus query someone requested in our session, that isn’t addressed by the video: why are silicon wafers spherical?

Reply: silicon ingots are shaped by the Czochralski methodology, which mainly includes melting an ingot and letting it unfold out from the middle. This ends in spherical wafers.

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