Changing the World by Making Change in a World Too Small to See
Teflon™ Fluoropolymers—Microscopic but Monumental Players in a Smarter World
There’s a world hidden deep in our devices, in our cars, and in our cities. It’s a world where the microscopic adds up to the monumental. Data flows with less resistance, AI (Artificial Intelligence) grow smarter, and smart cities are born—all enabled by Teflon™ fluoropolymers.
Teflon® – For a Reimagined World
The tiny scale of digital technology belies its global impact. The technologies that power society are smaller than the eye can see, and they drive mammoth change. Who could have imagined just a few years ago that a world of ride-sharing services, self-driving cars, and computers carried on your wrist? The systems and vehicles of our cities will connect via superfast wireless and wired connections, giving birth to smart cities.
What is a smart city?
Urban areas are changing. Sixty-eight percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. As anyone who currently lives in a big city knows, urban areas have their share of challenges: congestion, inefficiency, and quality-of-life issues.
Fast and free-flowing data and communications that increase the efficiency of how cities work, including improved infrastructure and services: imagine what that will mean for a citizen of a smart city. Smart-city residents will benefit from improved transportation through better traffic management, parking, and planning. Effective big data and the Internet of Things will enable stronger government decision-making. Safer cities will be created through next-generation 911 and connected crime centers. Public utility use and planning will be improved where smart sensors detect leaks quickly and enable faster repairs.
Life in a smart city
Enabled by Teflon™ fluoropolymers, major technologies are coming together, giving rise to smart cities. Ever-smaller electronic devices, 5G networks, and more powerful, more compact computer chips shunt data at incredible speeds, turning vast networks of sensors into the eyes and ears of smart cities that will improve the quality of life for the people who live there.
Imagine: no more traffic because an AI manages a fleet of autonomous cars; no running out of groceries because your smart home makes sure you’re always topped up; no worries about public safety because resources are better managed; no utility sticker shock because smart grids and smart homes dramatically increase efficiency. What makes it happen may be too small to see, but the effects will be felt far and wide.
Mammoth changes in the automotive, semiconductor, and consumer electronics industries will come from surprising places
Smart cities will depend on blisteringly fast 5G wireless connections and equally fast wired local area networks (LANs) to coordinate a city’s worth of sensors with the powerful AIs that will keep everything humming. The semiconductor industry relies on Teflon™ fluoropolymers to achieve the exacting performance standards needed for the high-performance chips that 5G and AI technologies demand.
The unique properties of Teflon™ fluoropolymers are the core of consumer electronics that help us lead our lives today and that will connect us to smart cities. Teflon™ fluoropolymers enable sensors to work flawlessly, chips to process at blinding speed, and cables to transmit huge volumes of data. These high-quality fluoropolymers can handle the ultrapure chemicals and high temperatures involved in semiconductor manufacture, making sure that chips perform faster and with fewer defects. Teflon™ fluoropolymers are also used to produce cables that go into LANs, data centers, and device connections that help make congestion-free superhighways for data traffic.