As you well know, microchips are found in virtually everything, from the obvious (cellphones, smart devices) to the not-so-obvious (your power tool’s lithium-ion battery, for example). In your car, there are computer modules controlling virtually everything, from engine and transmission operation to in-car tech and virtually everything in between. Long gone are the days of cars having “a” computer. Today, they’re everywhere, and interconnected in ways that make them all vital to a car’s fundamental operation.
The microchip is as ubiquitous in modern consumer products as wood is in home construction. But unlike lumber, microchips aren’t merely refined raw material.