A blog about anything nanotech

Intel 10 nm FinFET process

morreale Saturday 10 of September, 2016
The Semiconductor Engineering website posted an interview with Mark Bohr senior fellow and director of process architecture and integration at Intel, and Zane Ball, vice president in the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel and co-general manager of Intel Custom Foundry. In the article, we learned that
  • 10 nm will be a full node for Intel
  • 10 nm devices will be full production around 2H 2017
  • Some design rules are scaling is better than 0.56x
  • Uses 193nm immersion and self-aligned double patterning

How Intel makes chips

morreale Wednesday 17 of August, 2016
Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a good article describing how Intel makes chips. Intel spends $18 to $20 Billion a year on R&D and capital investment which is more than what Boeing invest per year to build aircraft ($6B). Intel builds chips with 10 Billion transistors using the 14 nm process node.


Light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas reduction

morreale Monday 15 of August, 2016
Light-duty vehicles contribute 61% of the greenhouse gasses emitted in the US. To meet the goal of an 80% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a systematic approach is needed according to the MRS Energy & Sustainability review on the Implications of sustainability for the United States light-duty transportation sector. This includes better fuel efficiency, extensive use of biofuels, use of electric vehicles powered using sustainable energy, and hydrogen powered vehicles where hydrogen is produced from low carbon sources.

Graphene fabrication

morreale Friday 24 of June, 2016
Graphene Frontiers was featured in a How it's Made video that shows how graphene transistors used for biosensing are fabricated.

LCLS-II X-ray Light source

morreale Friday 24 of June, 2016
The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray light source has been upgraded with a new delta undulator which can produce light with any selected polarization to better characterize materials. An update version of the delta undulator is under development and will produce x-rays that are 10,000 times brighter than the current system.

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Left: Electrons wiggle between two rows of magnets in a traditional undulator, creating X-rays. These X-rays, or light waves, are linearly polarized. Right: With four moving rows of magnets, the Delta undulator can create circularly polarized, or spiraling, light. (Source: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

ACS virtual issue on ALD

morreale Friday 03 of June, 2016
ACS publications has produces a virtual issue on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). ALD can produce sub-nano thick layers of material structures built up at a layer at a time. The topics include:
  • Growth and characterization of ALD films
  • Growth of complex nanostructures
  • Energy and catalysis applications


RIP Sir Harry Kroto

morreale Wednesday 01 of June, 2016
Sir Harry Kroto passed away at the age of 76. He was awarded a Nobel prize in 1996 for discovering Buckyballs (C60). I saw him speak at Rutgers University by a lucky circumstance a long time ago. He was an exceptional and inspiring speaker. He will certainly be missed. The Guardian and NPR have good summaries of his achievements.