An American semiconductor research company has revealed it has devised new ways of measuring and evaluating why advanced insulators in semiconductor chips could fail.
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a leading global university research consortium which has invested more than $1.1 billion (£715 million) over the past 26 years, suggested that understanding and control of chip defects may increase reliability in the future.
According to the SRC, the lifespan of such components, used in applications such as mobile phones, computers and machinery used in health care, could be increased.
Dr Robert B Laibowitz, senior research scientist at Columbia University said that those involved in the study endeavoured to take a fundamental approach to improving the quality of insulators by looking at how its physical properties are being affected.
"By doing so, we believe we can find and fix many of the insulator reliability issues and help extend the lifetime of the world's most advanced semiconductor chips," he added.