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Question:
How can we get microchips small enough to go into a telephone/watch? What are microchips? Why are they important in telephone technology?



Replies:
Let us start with "what are microchips?" These are electronic devices printed onto the surface of small wafers of silicon. Usually microchips contain thousands or millions of transistors, resistors, and other circuit elements, all created by special batch manufacturing processes where the necessary elements are sort of sprayed onto the silicon through a mask. Big manufacturers of these include Intel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, and IBM.

These are the things that make computers run, but there are also special purpose chips to do a lot of other things, among them could be something that might do whatever a telephone has to do. One problem with a telephone in a watch is you do not want to have to hook it up to the telephone wires in order to use it - so how would you fix that problem? It has to have some kind of radio receiver and transmitter built in too, which is probably the hard part. You might want to try contacting people at Motorola to find out what they are doing in this area!

A Smith


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