The mini-circuitry is the brain inside almost any digital device.
“They go into telephones, computers, game consoles, all sorts of electronic gear,” Scott Lambert, the president of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, said.
Fighter jets, hospital ventilators and cars all use them.
The sophistication of the chips varies widely, depending on what they’re used for.
“When you look at, like, a smartphone, it has the most advanced microprocessor,” Sonderman noted. “The most advanced solutions, that cost a lot more than an automotive-based solution because of dimensional requirements of the computer chip, as we make things smaller and smaller.”