Experts say pandemic triggered global microchip shortage, revealed problem for the US

Welcome to the world of semiconductors: rooms bathed in yellow light — that color, least harmful to the tiny, light-sensitive circuit boards.

And computers; computers everywhere, designed to assemble the tiny devices, completing tasks too complicated for human hands.

“We make computer chips to make computer chips,” said Tom Sonderman, the president and CEO of SkyWater Technology, a Bloomington chip manufacturer. “We make millions of chips a year, is a simple way to think of it.”

Semiconductors are also commonly known as microchips, or simply chips.

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