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Welcome to our new Blog
We are change-makers, aiming to significantly cut e-waste
Beyond being a marketplace, we are driving towards a sustainable future for all. Here you can find the latest articles about our platform, the electronics and semiconductor market, as well as current trends and news that move us.
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Vielfalter – Why children benefit from outside learning environments
At the beginning of autumn many curious children got the chance to experience nature in a way they might not have before. With the “Vielfalter Schule” program young students go outside for a day to explore the local flora and fauna up close. A nature guide accompanies the kids on their learning journey and teaches them about the natural habitats around them. The environment is very important to us at GreenChips and we wanted to support the “Vielfalter Schule” program, so a new generation of little scientists can understand the importance as well. They also get a sense of humanities responsibility for how we treat our planet earth by learning how everything is connected from the soil to the plants and animals. But why should a company like GreenChips even care about children playfully learning about the outdoors?
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Can Europe really compete in the global semiconductor market
The global semiconductor shortage is a wakeup call for many industries. It shows how many companies around the globe are dependent on Asian semiconductor production. The top 5 worldwide wafer capacity leaders own 54% of the global semiconductor capacity. Four out of those five are located in Asia and one is in North America. The European Commission has announced in the European Chips Act that one of its top priorities is to bring back semiconductor production to Europe.
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How the global semiconductor shortage affects our personal lives
As most of our readers know by now, there is a global chip shortage. A plethora of reasons are responsible for the current situation. First and foremost, the pandemic hindered production of semiconductors, due to all the lockdowns. During those lockdowns many consumers had to upgrade their computer setups to better suit working from home, which caused a spike in demand for PCs, Laptops, and accessories like webcams. After a short decline in sales, the demand for cars rose above expectations, because many people would rather take a car to get around instead of risking an infection on public transport. And as if this was not enough, disasters like an earthquake at Hitachinaka factory in February or the fire at Renesas in March furthermore decreased the production output of these foundries.
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Intel Process Roadmap 2025 – The beginning of a new era
Intel released a roadmap showing their plans for new process tech and packaging through 2025. The company claims to catch up with industry leader TSMC until 2024 and to regain ‘process performance leadership’ the year after. The most interesting part however was the teaser of their new angstrom-class technology. An angstrom (or ångström to be precise) is a unit of length equal to 0.1 nanometer and even though it is not part of the SI system of units it can still be considered part of the metric system in general. This new unit of measure also brings a change in node names.
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Why every Business should care about Forest Conservation
GreenChips is a platform for buying and selling excess semiconductors, therefore our contribution to nature conservation is the reduction of e-waste and the sustainable use of resources. But that was not enough for us, so we decided to use 10% of our profit to conserve and restore forests. It would be easy to think that this is due to branding and having a “greener image”, especially since the semiconductor industry has a low dependency on forests and their resources. Nevertheless, forest conservation has many beneficial aspects, aside from branding, which most companies have never considered. What those benefits are and how they can be useful for your business is the topic of this article.
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Metal-free, organic and degradeable on command - Batteries of the Future
One big part of sustainable energy that is often overlooked, is that we also need sustainable ways to store said energy. Current batteries contain significant amounts of cobalt, which is often mined using child labor in dangerous working environments. Additionally, only a very small percentage of li-ion batteries are recycled, increasing the demand for cobalt and other strategic elements.
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Rare Earth vs Common Knowledge
If your first reaction is “Of course earth is rare, we only have one!”, you are a little confused, but you got the spirit. A “rare earth” (rare earth element to be more precise) is one of seventeen metallic elements. These elements include the fifteen lanthanides, scandium, and yttrium. If you have no idea what those are, a look on the periodic table might do the trick.
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A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link
Supply Chain Risk Management - It sounds like a compilation of business buzzwords, but it’s now more important than ever. Is that really true? No, it has always been important, however 2020 was the year that showed us once again why that is the case. Unlike other supply chain risks, COVID-19 brought these issues into forefront of the minds of practitioners and the general public alike. From consumer products like toilet paper and masks to commercial goods like shipping containers and semiconductors, many global supply chains (GSC) have been disrupted.
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