Putin sparks panic with export ban impacting smartphones, cars and medical equipment | Science | News | Express.co.uk

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is threatening the supplies of key materials used in the production of semiconductors. According to the consulting firm Techcet, the production of three materials critical to the manufacture of these electronic chips could be impacted by the situation. These are neon, palladium and C4F6 – three materials that are “essential to the development” of the chips and are “irreplaceable”.

Russia produces a lot of neon because it has a large steel industry – but it is usually sent to Ukraine where it is extracted and purified.

Euractiv reports that Russia is also one of the world’s largest palladium producers – a rare metal also used in the manufacture of some semiconductors.

Putin sparks panic with export ban impacting smartphones, cars and medical equipment | Science | News | Express.co.uk

Tit for tat… We live in a world where we are all interdependent. We cannot live without one another. Bottom line, live life by the Golden Rule…