Feb 2012

Dr Toh Chin Chye & Semiconductors

February 7, 2012

The birth of the semiconductor industry in Singapore happened under Dr Toh Chin Chye as Minister for Science and Technology. The annual output of the semiconductor industry increased from nothing in 1968 to S$130 million in 1970, S$290 million in 1972, and S$470 million in 1974. More impacting is the fact that now thousands of students in Singapore are required to learn about semiconductors in college.

Did you know: When you supercool a semiconductor, it behaves like a “magnet”!  The Meissner effect, it is called. Although this effect is not tested at the A Levels or taught in detail during our Physics tuition classes, its applications are profound and have strong impact on our lives. One such application is the MagLev trains – trains that utilize magnetic levitation.

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