Motorola hopes that it's come up with ways to keep on shrinking flash memory cells, which may not downsize to very small IC geometries. Silicon nanocrystals are the basis of thin-film storage techniques that were recently demonstrated in a 4 Mbit memory. Crystal spheres measuring 50 angstroms in diameter fit between oxide layers in the chips made on a 90-nanometer device production line in Austin, TX. Motorola hopes to begin producing nanocrystal memories by 2004. To find out more, visit www.motorola.com.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.