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In recent years, diamond has emerged as not only a girl’s best friend, but also as contender as an engineer’s best friend – if the technical challenges of exploiting its remarkable properties can be overcome.
Silicon-based semiconducting integrated circuits have changed the world immeasurably over the past 50 years. Today the number of silicon chips in use far outweighs the number of humans currently alive.
The wafers used to make semiconducting chips for electronic devices all have one thing in common – they need to be smooth – super smooth. Typically, wafer flatness needs to be controlled within ±2 μm.