Silicon Run I
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Silicon Run II
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run II explores manufacturing after the silicon wafers have been fabricated. This film reviews IC fabrication and continues by showing how IC wafers are tested, sorted, and packaged into individual microchips. These devices are then assembled onto the printed circuit boards used in personal computers. They are also seen…
Silicon Run Lite
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run Lite combines key sequences and images from both Silicon Run I and Silicon Run II to show from the growth of silicon crystals through the assembly of a personal computer. Live industrial footage, microscopic filming, animation, graphics, and special effects give an up-close view of manufacturing. Silicon Run…
Silicon Run Deposition
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run Deposition uses 3D atomic animation and live manufacturing footage to provide a detailed close-up look at the process of thin film deposition in CMOS fabrication. It shows the chemical and physical reactions that create the dielectric and conductive layers of an integrated circuit. Silicon Run Deposition examines the…
Silicon Run Lithography
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run Lithography examines the role of photolithography in imaging and printing the many intricate layers of integrated circuits. Focusing on critical and non-critical mask levels of a CMOS transistor, this video takes a close look at the manufacturing materials, tools, and processes that have made more precise and complex…
Silicon Run Etch
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
This sixth video in the Silicon Run Series takes a close look at the etch process in semiconductor manufacturing, including chemical mechanical polish, or CMP. It shows how thin films of nonconductive, semiconductive, and conductive materials are sculpted into microchips. Following the fabrication process of a CMOS transistor, Silicon Run…
Silicon Run Implantation
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run Implantation takes a close look at the process of ion implantation. This video shows how ions are accelerated to high energies and directed into specific regions of the silicon substrate to change its molecular structure and alter its electrical properties. Silicon Run Implantation explores the various types of…
Engineering: Tiny Nano World
Part of the Series: Show Me Science Series - Advanced
For centuries, scientists and engineers have been making things bigger and better. Now some scientists are trying to make things smaller and better in hopes of solving some of the world's biggest problems. These scientists and engineers are working in specialties of micro engineering and nanotechnology to develop microscopic and…
MEMS: Making Micro Machines
MEMS: Making Micro Machines is an overview of the manufacture and design of microelectromechanical systems. This video shows the fabrication, testing and packaging, and design of some of our most common MEMS devices. It features the fabrication of Hewlett-Packard's thermal inkjet printhead and covers the testing and packaging of Texas…
Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro
Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro explores the world of nano dimensions and a growing number of engineered nanomaterials. The video looks at how the property of materials changes due to the effects of a high surface to volume ratio and quantum mechanics. Viewers are taken to industrial sites to see…
Making Stuff Wilder
Part of the Series: NOVA - Making More Stuff
What happens when scientists open up nature's toolbox? In Making Stuff Wilder, David Pogue explores bold new innovations inspired by the Earth's greatest inventor, life itself. From robotic "mules" and "cheetahs" for the military, to fabrics born out of fish slime, host David Pogue travels the globe to find the…
Making Stuff Safer
Part of the Series: NOVA - Making More Stuff
The world has always been a dangerous place, so how do we increase our odds of survival? In Making Stuff Safer, David Pogue explores the cutting-edge research of scientists and engineers who want to keep us out of harm's way. Some are countering the threat of natural disasters with new…
Resistance Is Futile: Superconductors
Episode 21 of The Nature of Matter
Under special conditions, some materials lose all resistance to electron flow, becoming superconductors that transmit electricity with 100 percent efficiency. Probe this phenomenon at the atomic level, and learn how scientists are discovering new, more practical superconducting materials.