3D Construction Ahead

One of the interesting features of Photonics West is that it covers the full spectrum, from academic research to industrial research to new products in the commercial exhibits. This range of interrelated ideas was on show in 3D fabrication. At one extreme, the latest research in scanning multi-spot three-photon patterning showed 3D structures 100μm thick with 50nm features. Researchers als... » read more

Planning For Physical Effects

The importance of Intel’s announcement that it has perfected 3D transistors and will roll them out this year should not be understated. This is a major breakthrough technologically, with major implications for power, performance and even competitiveness. FinFETs have been the subject of some intensive research for more than a decade, with the University of California at Berkeley leading the c... » read more