Computer chip’s travels show state’s connection of global economy
WILMINGTON — Here at Analog Devices, Inc., in a room 100 times cleaner than a hospital operating room, workers build the tiny computer chips that power everything from cell phones and car airbags to jet aviation systems.
The devices are the size of a grain of sand and the width of a human hair, so small that the tiniest speck of dust can corrupt the circuits etched into the silicon. Cleaning crews work 24/7 to keep the facility immaculate as humans in full-body decontamination suits work alongside industrial robots.
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