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In an era in which digitalization is becoming increasingly important to the development of our society, and where we depend on stability in a large number of critical functions, there is one tiny thing that has become completely essential to us: the microchip.
There is still a need to develop the technologies used in chip production. There is also a need for continued research, innovation, and education in this area.
The world is becoming increasingly digital, and the chip is the raw material of the digital world. In line with large parts of the world being increasingly based on the existence and continued supply of microchips and nanochips, chip technology becomes a key ingredient. Our energy systems, healthcare sector, communication systems, forms of payment, industry, production, and services are largely based on IT that uses chips.
A shortage of chips for industrial use has arisen in recent years—a veritable chip crisis. DTU cannot remedy this crisis, but—by virtue of the University’s unique facilities—DTU can help meet the chip challenge through research, education of engineers, and development of new prototypes and solutions.
Denmark’s role as a chip manufacturer
The main manufacturers of mass-produced chips for—for example—mobile phones and computers are located in Asia and the United States. Factories for mass production of chips cost billions of dollars, as this entails very large-scale and demanding manufacturing. In Europe—and not least in Denmark—there is more focus on manufacturing specially developed chips for niche areas such as control of circulation pumps from Grundfos, optical chips for analysis of eye diseases, or special sensors for measuring drinking water quality.
Here, DTU’s clean room has often played a key role as innovation facility.