Chip War

Reliability in the manufacturing process became essential to scaling and production. Speed of iteration (Moore’s law) marked the industry.

Russia/USSR A “copy it” strategy left the soviets perpetually behind the Americans and Silicon Valley due to the speed of iteration/Moore’s law. The soviets would steal the chip designs but the complexity of the manufacturing process and know-how was not present leading to poor reliability.

The Russia/Ukraine war has exposed gaps in Russian silicon chip supply chain as sanctions from the US and allies cut into their access to weapons critical chips they began recycling chips from commercial appliances.

Chapter 51: Weaponized interdependence

Timeline

1957 - Jay Lathrop applies for Photolithography patent