onsdag den 10. februar 2010

What's Inside Your Laptop? And where does it come from?

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This is the story of how quartz becomes a computer, and it's a story that—for the typical notebook computer—stretches across nearly every continent, dozens of countries, and literally hundreds of different companies.

At its center is the heart of every computer, the microprocessor—a tiny flake of silicon whose millions of microscopic, precision-engineered circuits do computational work that would have been unthinkable just 30 years ago. But before it becomes a microchip, that little bit of silicon starts out the same way a gravel road does: as a pile of rock chips, hammered out of an open-pit quarry by dynamite and heavy machinery.

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