It seems so long ago now but yes, it has been that long. Broadly speaking, the design, manufacture and distribution, as well as installation of semiconductors has been going on since the nineteen-seventies. No doubt, as every year passed, the technologies associated with this industry simply ballooned until it became as accessible as it is to global consumers. The manufacture of semiconductors will be closely aligned with that of industry-use wafers composed from sapphire, silicon and germanium.
Particularly if there has been an emergency in a certain industry, the leader of the affected organization can quickly pick and place the service provider remotely (that’s also in part thanks to the silicon material) and put him on the spot in terms of the situation on the ground literally a thousand or more miles away from the huge distribution center (it must be one of the largest such facilities in the world, surely). The industrialists do not refer to it as class A. They make reference to ‘class-10’ clean rooms.
These are required as part of the processing, distribution and inspection work. And it is essentially a renewable and sustainable business today, regardless of its industrial scale. This, it can be said, is due to the nature of the work whereby industrial consumers from around the world are required to return their used silicon wafers where they will essentially be stripped bare, cleaned and polished over and over again until such time that the materials are pretty much in an as-new condition. There is no need to plough the depths of the earth to source new raw materials when existing refinements are there already.
And it is quite easy to distribute the wafers because they do not go much larger than half a meter.