Semiconductors and the environment

Parsons, David (2005) Semiconductors and the environment. What's New in Electronics, 25 (6). pp. 12-13. ISSN 0728-3873


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Analysis of the environmental impact of semiconductors reveals that the impact is largely because of the manufacturing process which requires numerous chemicals and processes. The material impact is not embodied in the actual final product and one estimate suggests that the mass of material input is about 600 times the mass of the chip produced.
In 2002 there were about 66 million 200 mm silicon wafers produced worldwide, each resulting in perhaps 260 individual ICs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Pre-print version of article, as made available here, differs in title from the Published version. Preprint title: The environmental impact of semiconductors.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:27
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated circuits, semiconductors, environmental impact
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090604 Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits

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