28 Nov '11, 10pm

Brazil Starts a Chip Industry

Brazil Starts a Chip Industry

In the coming decade, Brazil wants to be known for integrated circuits, not just Ipanema. The country hopes to produce silicon chips alongside soybeans. Its attempt to do so will begin in January, when production is completed on the first batch of locally designed and produced RFID chips at the government-run National Centre for Advanced Electronic Technology, known by its Portuguese acronym, Ceitec . Working with X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries , based in Erfurt, Germany, Ceitec expects to have approximately one million chips ready for market next month. Dubbed the Chip do Boi ("bull chip"), the low-frequency (134.2-kilohertz) RFID series will be used in Brazil's cattle industry to track roaming livestock and gather data on the deforestation they cause in the country's vast Amazon region. The chip has been tested over the past two years in the predominantly agricultural sta...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/innovation/brazil-starts...

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