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Chip yields, binning, and the silicon lottery

The primary building block of modern computers is the silicon microchip, made from 300mm silicon wafers, cut from a large silicon crystal cylinder. The monolithic crystals are grown from a seed crystal dipped into a molten vat of nearly pure silicon.

That “nearly” is important. Small impurities in the wafers can lead to errors or non-functional parts. It’s

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