Updated: 06/27/2017 by Computer Hope

Silicon waferFirst discovered by Baron Jons Jackob Berzelius in 1823, silicon (symbol Si, atomic number 14) is a chemical element. It is the fundamental material in making computer chips because of its excellent semi-conducting properties and because of its abundance.

The picture shows an example of a Silicon wafer with dozens of silicon chips. After this wafer is made each of the chips are cut out of the wafer.

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