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Microchip: The engine that drives the Information Age

Speaker Naresh Shanbhag
Date: 3/1/2014
Time: 10:15 am - 11:30 am
Location: 151 Everitt Lab
Event Type: Saturday

Microchips (also called integrated circuits) are all around us. They’re in our smartphones, tablets, computers, game consoles, cameras, and automobiles. They bring the Internet alive and make it fast. The microchip is a nanoscale device that has revolutionized our society by bringing amazing information processing abilities into devices we use daily. Microchips derive their tremendous processing power from a simple solid-state switch called the transistor. The transistor is much like the on/off light switch in one’s home, except considerably smaller.

In this talk, we will learn about the origins of the transistor and microchip and their connections to Illinois. We’ll also discuss how a transistor works and how it can be used to design computers. Finally, we’ll preview the exciting future of microchips.

Watch the video of Professor Shanbhag’s talk.