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Tech Brief: An Introduction to Interconnects

We often hear that advanced chips contain billions of transistors – an incredible, mind-blowing fact to be sure – but did you know that large-scale …

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Tech Brief: A Look at Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)

Imagine being able to deposit a film of material just a few atomic layers at a time. As impossible as that sounds, atomic layer deposition …

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Tech Brief: Primer on Packaging

Ever open the body of your smartphone (perhaps unintentionally) and see small, black rectangles stuck on a circuit board? Those black rectangles are packaged chips. …

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Tech Brief: All About ALE

Greek philosopher Democritus (460-370 BC) first proposed the existence of an ultimate particle, which he described as “atomos.” He probably never dreamed that one day …

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Tech Brief: FinFET Fundamentals

Transistors are at the heart of our cherished electronics. Millions, or even billions, of these tiny switches go to work for us when we check …

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Tech Brief: Memory “Grows Up” with 3D NAND

Since its introduction in the 1980s, NAND flash memory has radically changed how we store our digital data. Remember ordering duplicate photos when getting camera …

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Tech Brief: The Role of Technology Inflections

We often hear the word “inflection” used in the semiconductor industry, but what does it mean? In general, inflection refers to a point of change. …

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Tech Brief: Multiple Patterning Makes Miniaturization Possible

Have you ever wondered how everyday electronics, like smartphones and tablets, pack so much functionality into such relatively small and lightweight packages? If so, here’s …

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