Semiconductors are tiny chips that control the most critical functions of all electronic devices. Other countries where the chips are made are Thailand, South Korea, Japan and the United States.
The device was in high demand worldwide, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic that hit most people from to Working from home Students learn virtually and are driving the demand for smartphones, computers and high-resolution screens.
A shortage of chip-loaded devices is in short supply worldwide, causing prices to rise.
On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the semiconductor technology plant at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (Dekut) in Nyeri.
Big Four Agenda
It is the University of Science’s anchor project – and technology park.
The specialized facility, which is unique in Africa, is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the university and the American nanotechnology company 4Wave Inc.
Work begins in this month and the mass prod uction is slated to begin in the second half of the year.
President Kenyatta said such partnerships are in line with one of his government’s Big Four agenda, manufacturing, which is also a priority in Vision 2030.
< He added that with the opening of the factory, Kenya is exploiting the areas in which it is located has sufficient capabilities to carry out a significant attack on other established countries.
“Kenya is supposed to be used by a Consumers of such products become a manufacturer. Realizing some of these projects is not only exciting but also a foundation for Kenya to become an industrialized country in the near future, “said Kenyatta.
According to the president, the growth of manufacturing is machine production and technological improvements will bring Kenya’s manufacturing to the forefront of economic growth.
4Wave Inc CEO Anthony Githinji said with the advent of advanced technologies such as electric cars and 5G phones, which are heavily dependent on the facility, the facility will help help worldwide Curb the shortage of semiconductors.
Science and technology projects
The university says it is working with the company in this manufacturing company to achieve this as part of the “Buy Kenya – Build Kenya “Support national government policies that their ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) must purchase locally made products.
D ekut has also hired 20 of its Masters students in science and engineering programs with an emphasis on science and technology projects on the project.
According to Sam Wambugu, a computer science specialist, Kenyans should expect cars, phones and others devices loaded with semiconductors cost more.
“The appetite for semiconductors, also known as chips, is on the rise due to the increasing global demand for intelligent electronics. Modern cars have dozens of chips that can be used to regulate engine temperature, adjust seats, control lights, and stabilize suspension systems, among other things.
“Smart buildings are equipped with sensors for many automated functions, including temperature and light control hungry for semiconductors, ”he wrote in the Sunday Nation .
At the same time, Mr. Kenyatta inspected the expansion of the 84 km long Kenol – Sagana – Marua Highway into a four-lane two-lane road.
The project crosses Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Nyeri, where mainly coffee, tea, potatoes, beans, corn and avocado are grown, as well as part of Machakos and Embu counties
It is expected that the improvement of the road will facilitate the movement of goods from the port of Mombasa to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and vice versa.
It is also part of the Kenyan section of the Trans-Africa Hig hway, TAH4 (Cairo to Cape Town), through Nairobi on to Moyale.
The Sh14 billion project begins in Ke nol City in Murang’a and crosses the commercial centers of Makutano, Sagana and Karatina before they Ends in Marua in Nyeri.
Aside from reducing the time it takes to get from Nairobi to Nyeri and beyond, the dual It is billed that the carriageway has a crucial role in lowering it the cost of transporting agricultural produce from the Mt. Kenya region to the markets in Thika and Nairobi.
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