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APR 30, 2014 - Forbes

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Why Are Computer Chips So Expensive?

From time to time people ask me why chips cost so much, and can't anything be done to make them cheaper.  The argument goes like this: Silicon is the second most abundant element on the earth's crust, making up about 28% of its mass.  It's the basis for most of our rocks, clay, and sand.  This implies that it should be extremely cheap to make a chip.  After all a 300mm silicon wafer that is used to make dozens to tens of thousands of chips weighs only about 100 grams and a 50-pound bag of sand at the Home Depot weighs more than 200 of these wafers and sells for under ... Read More

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