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Moore's Law 101: The Math an ...
19 Apr 1965

Moore’s Law has morphed into many things over its life. But what is it … Rea ...

Moore’s Law has morphed into many things over its life. But what is it … Really! Here it is explained in a short simple summary. — G. Dan Hutcheson ... See more
The lady bug and the microch ...

This is a children's story about Little Lil the ladybug and her journey across a ...

This is a children's story about Little Lil the ladybug and her journey across a silicon wafer and down into a semiconductor integrated circuit. It created to help kids get a visual sense out of what micrometer ...See more
How a semiconductor wafer is ...

It Really Does Start With Sand . . . This series of images show how silicon wafe ...

It Really Does Start With Sand . . . This series of images show how silicon wafers are made from sand, purifying the silicon and then growing single crystal ingots that look like huge sausages. ... See more
HOW A CHIP IS MADE

How We Do It . . .

How We Do It . . . ... See more
HOW THE TRANSISTOR WORKS

Microprocessors are essential to many of the products we use every day such as t ...

Microprocessors are essential to many of the products we use every day such as televisions, cars, radios, home appliances, and, of course, computers. Transistors are the main components of microprocessors. ... See more
Memory Gluts: Will the DRAM  ...

TTID: This Time it’s Different or Time-to-Imminent-Disaster?

TTID: This Time it’s Different or Time-to-Imminent-Disaster? ... See more
Valuing Moore’s Law in the ...
13 Feb 2015

How the Moore’s Law raises income in relationship to the economies of the Unit ...

How the Moore’s Law raises income in relationship to the economies of the United States and the World. ... See more
The DRAM crash of 2008
02 Jan 2008

How the 2007-2008 financial crisis that led to the great recession ignited a cra ...

How the 2007-2008 financial crisis that led to the great recession ignited a crash in semiconductors. When it comes to semiconductor downturns, DRAMs are the canary in the coalmine. Here’s how it tweeted out. ... See more
Yan Borodovsky: Breaking the ...
13 Sep 2007

Ever wonder how innovation really happens? Think it's someone sitting back and d ...

Ever wonder how innovation really happens? Think it's someone sitting back and dreaming up an idea? In this video, Yan Borodovsky, describes how it starts with a nuisance that grows until you do something about ...See more
Explore Images in Semiconduc ...
16 Jun 2008

Key events drawn from archived documents in VLSI's library. These documents have ...

Key events drawn from archived documents in VLSI's library. These documents have been carefully selected for their historical significance. ... See more
Bunny Suit History in Semico ...
24 May 2018

In 1968, standard clean room practices were lax. Facilities were kept reasonably ...

In 1968, standard clean room practices were lax. Facilities were kept reasonably clean, but employees wore their own clothes and the environment was not sterile. An early technician remembered “a couple of pe ...See more
Moore's Law and the race to  ...
15 Nov 2006

How the continuation of Moore’s law provides a foundation for future economic ...

How the continuation of Moore’s law provides a foundation for future economic growth; how it’s broken down the red brick walls in its path; what barriers are believed to loom today; how they might be releva ...See more
What Math & Science Have Don ...
01 Jan 2011

Debbora Ahlgren describes what math and science have done for her. Find out why ...

Debbora Ahlgren describes what math and science have done for her. Find out why she never gave up and how it has enriched her life. ... See more
Dave Markle: Ultratech/Perki ...

Dave Markle, Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer at Ultratech, descr ...

Dave Markle, Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer at Ultratech, describes what math and science have done for him and what inspired him to be an engineer. ... See more
What Math & Science Can Do f ...

Mike Polcari, CEO of SEMATECH, describes how he built a career in math and scien ...

Mike Polcari, CEO of SEMATECH, describes how he built a career in math and science, what it’s done for him and what it can do for you.. ... See more
A History Timeline of Automa ...
15 Jun 2006

A special presentation of The Chip History Center on History Timeline of Automat ...

A special presentation of The Chip History Center on History Timeline of Automatic Test Equipment ... See more
HOW THE MICROPROCESSOR WORKS

To help you understand how the microprocessor does its job

To help you understand how the microprocessor does its job ... See more
What's ALD?  A children's st ...

Did you know that the chip makers routinely make films one atom at a time? It's ...

Did you know that the chip makers routinely make films one atom at a time? It's called Atomic Layer Deposition. It sounds very complicated, but this story makes it so simple even a child could understand. ... See more
JUST HOW DEEP DO CHIP VIAS G ...

Semiconductor engineers must figure out how to etch deep and very narrow trenche ...

Semiconductor engineers must figure out how to etch deep and very narrow trenches. Etching is like digging a hole and these have very deep aspect ratios. Find out they compare to the world's tallest skyscrapers ...See more
A Brief History of Electropl ...

200 years of deposition technology

200 years of deposition technology ... See more
What Math & Science Have Don ...

Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow, describes what math and science have done for hi ...

Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow, describes what math and science have done for him. Find out why they are so important and how they can enrich your life. ... See more
What Math & Science Have Don ...

Lisa Su, VP of IBM's Semiconductor Research & Development Center, describes what ...

Lisa Su, VP of IBM's Semiconductor Research & Development Center, describes what math and science have done for her. ... See more
Gary Patton: What Math & Sci ...

Gary Patton never knew he wanted to be a scientist when he was a kid.

Gary Patton never knew he wanted to be a scientist when he was a kid. ... See more
KULICKE & SOFFA: WIRE BONDIN ...
15 Jun 2006

Ever wonder how the nanochips you see in pictures wind up covered in plastic on ...

Ever wonder how the nanochips you see in pictures wind up covered in plastic on a printed circuit board and how they connect nanometer scale lines to the big wires in the electronics you buy? ... See more
WHAT'S A BUNNY SUIT?

Find out what it's like to be working in the clean room.

Find out what it's like to be working in the clean room. ... See more

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