The Multitude of Industries That Rely on Semiconductors
When you don’t have a huge amount of knowledge about a certain industry, it might surprise you to learn of the overlap they have with the one you are more familiar with or even a part of. Semiconductors are a component that crops up a lot, likely within whatever industry your potential business finds itself involved with but learning just how vast their utility actually is might provide you with a whole new appreciation for them.
The versatility of components such as this can illuminate the genius of their function, and understanding the overlap of multiple, seemingly completely separate technologies, can provide greater insights into what you can do with your own digital products moving forward.
The most obvious candidate here is that of computing and might be what immediately comes to mind when you think of how a technological component can fit within an industry. The thing is, computing is difficult to think of as being isolated to one single industry in the modern age because of the enormity of industries that make use of computers in some shape or form – with some electric vehicles even having a type of computer integrated into the design, for instance in the form of the infotainment system.
However, computing is often more than just an industry to some people, with it extending into their personal lives as a hobby – potentially even in the form of building their own machines. In this case, some people may well be interested in the wide variety of FET transistor types that themselves can go into comprising more capable semiconductors for the best possible result. There’s more to it than that, though, and understanding such technology on the micro level can add a layer of appreciation as to how they work together in the final product.
The reach of computing extends far in every direction, and as such, the medical field has an enormous amount of use for semiconductors. It can be difficult to appreciate, from a distance, how technology-based the medical field is, relying on a huge amount of power to maintain the machinery and management used to sustain lives and pave the road toward healing. Semiconductors are often described as being the ‘brain’ of technological devices, and the aptest location to provide this term might be when referring to it in the realm of healthcare, due to the network of devices that rely upon them running smoothly.
It’s not even just in regards to the medical technology itself, such as x-ray machines, ultrasounds, or electronic beds that semiconductors are invaluable, the medical industries of any given country are supported by an array of workers who operate from either dedicated environments or their own homes, and in these locations, such microchips enable that to be possible in the first place.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have military technology. By now, you’re probably understanding that most technologies that found a place within the modern world are connected by their use of consistent components such as semiconductors. Therefore, it likely comes as no surprise that the military-industrial complex also relies on them a great deal, though you might be surprised to see the common ground that it shares with medical technology given the often-contrary objectives on display.
One of the most noteworthy locations within military technology where semiconductors are used is drones. Drones have increasingly found a place in the modern world for a variety of industrial uses, as well as personal ones through their commercialization – but their most controversial use might come in how they are handled and used through military operations. Even here, though, while you might imagine the component itself finding a place within technologies such as drones, it’s the wider utility, such as how it enables wireless connectivity, that connects it to other industries and showcases the incredible amount of versatility that semiconductors have in the world at large.
Into the Future
All that being said, it’s likely no surprise either that semiconductors have also proved invaluable when it comes to the field of space engineering, and all of the associated technologies that come along with that. Such microchips are relied upon heavily when it comes to space missions – and will likely continue to do so as the technology involved with the microchip exponentially improves. With that in mind, it’s easy to start thinking about how such a component can continue to lead to innovation across the board, with many industries having gone completely unacknowledged in this list.
In fact, looking back to the last couple of years and the number of industries that were affected by the chip shortage (brought on by a variety of factors, including the pandemic) can illuminate just how important they are in the wider scheme of things, and how many industries lean on them.