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The surge in silicon prices is the latest scary news about technology prices


In almost all electronic products available today, the semiconductor of choice for transistors we rely on, silicon, is the latest metal that is in short supply. Bloomberg and, Although it is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust.

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However, you can’t just frost to get the MOSFET out, which is why 20% of the silicon produced worldwide is refined to metallurgical grade purity, 15% of which is further refined for use in semiconductors, with a purity of over 99%.


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