New Applications for Microchips

Semiconductor makers such as STMicroelectronics are finding medical uses for the tiny chips they developfrom cancer and flu detection to insulin delivery

When researchers at Europe's largest chipmaker, Geneva-based STMicroelectronics (STM), developed a chip to help nuclear physicists probe atomic structures, they never dreamed that the same technology might be used for early detection of skin cancer. But it turns out that the chip's ability to spot a miniscule particle of light also enables it to distinguish between healthy and cancerous skin cells.

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