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When scouting out locations for commercializing his new product idea, a young Terry Brewer wanted a place where he could cultivate a well-rounded, highly creative workforce.
For most of the relatively brief history of modern computing, progress has been measured in shrinking by nanometers. By making transistors smaller and smaller, engineers have been able to pack more transistors on smaller chips. More transistors per chip mean faster, more powerful computers that can fit into smaller devices. These microprocessors have made possible the rise of modern consumer electronics, including the PC you’re reading this blog on and the smartphone in your pocket.
More than 40 years ago, Gordon Moore, a co-founder of chip-maker Intel, hypothesized that the number of transistors on microchips would double every year or so — and keep doubling. His theory became known as “Moore’s Law,” and its continued accuracy has depended on science’s ability to keep making smaller, thinner transistors. Now, however, experts generally agree that Moore’s Law is coming to an end.
Since 1983, Inventors’ Day has been used as an excuse for classrooms across the nation to stage fun experiments. This year’s Inventors’ Day, set for Feb. 11, will likely be no exception.
When Dr. Terry Brewer concocted his now-ubiquitous antireflective coating over 30 years ago, it was a revelation.
As we push to shrink feature sizes and introduce full-scale 3D integration, the substrates on which integrated circuits are printed must obviously become thinner. Much thinner.
For centuries, humans have tried to harness the seemingly endless power of the sun. And now, it seems like we’re making some big strides.
Some of the latest developments in nanotechnology are enough to impress even the most brilliant scientist. For the average non-scientific consumer, the possibilities can be downright mind-blowing.
It’s the old nature-versus-nurture argument: Is the ability to be an entrepreneur something you’re born with, or something you instill in yourself? Good news for introverts and late bloomers: Research shows the most important skills can be acquired over time. A look at successful entrepreneurs throughout history, in fact, depicts a wide range of ages, personality types, and GPAs.
Semiconductor manufacturing is changing.