WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
The increase in demand for semiconductors shows few signs of slowing. As the world moves to 5G technology, and concerns about climate change drives the desire for electric vehicles, there has never been higher demand for high powered and high-quality computer chips.
And as well as the need for more manufacturing bases – which take years to bring online costing billions of dollars, there’s also a shortage of the skilled workers needed to make the chips once the factories are built.
And of course, there are also big questions to be answered about the sustainability of the industry, as Jo Shien Ng, Professor of Semiconductor Devices at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield explains.
MEET THE EXPERT
Jo Shien Ng is the Professor of Semiconductor Devices at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. She is also a Departmental Director of Research and Innovation and a former Royal Society research fellow.
Her research is focused on developing a type of light sensor capable of measuring the weakest possible light signals – which has a wide range of applications – like quantum cryptography (whose encryption key is made up of these very weak light), which currently offers the ultimate encryption safety.
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