How Israel plans to make the most of its newly developed ion-based circuit board
By The Jerusalem TimesA new Israeli-developed ion-powered electronic board could lead to a revolution in the manufacturing of electronic devices.
The Israeli technology is the brainchild of two Israelis who work for a multinational company called Adafruit.
The Israeli team, which is based in Tel Aviv, has been developing the board in collaboration with Israeli companies and Israeli government agencies, including the Israel Defense Forces, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The technology was designed to use a semiconductor called a ferrite core, which produces a magnetic field when exposed to a voltage.
This field is created by a chemical reaction between ferrite atoms, which form a structure called a magnetite.
The magnetic field created by the ferrite crystal is very low, about a thousandth of a meter (about five feet), making it nearly impossible to destroy with a laser.
The Israel Defense Force’s Defense Industry Research and Development Agency, which commissioned the research, said the new technology could be used to make electronic devices in the future.
It also said the ferrites could be easily scaled to different types of electronic components.
For instance, the IDF said, a battery with the ferrite core could be integrated into a computer or electronic device.
The IDF’s defense and innovation director, Colonel Shlomo Lechman, said that the technology could transform the industry by making electronic components with less friction and greater performance.
The army is not the only government agency working on the technology.
The U.S. military has been testing its own version of the ferritic silicon for several years, but has yet to make a final decision on whether to put it into use.