Silicon Run I
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run I uses live industrial footage to show the many processes necessary to manufacture microchips, including crystal growth, circuit design, and the wafer fabrication process for CMOS technology. Using close-ups of manufacturing processes and device animation, Silicon Run I…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
The Future of Materials
Episode 24 of The Nature of Matter
Close your study of the nature of matter by looking ahead at ambitious goals for future materials, and review examples of past science fiction that's now science fact. Achievements like the Moon landings and the Internet suggest that nanoscale technologies,…
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…
Resistance Is Useful: Semiconductors
Episode 22 of The Nature of Matter
How does a tiny piece of impure silicon launch an electronics revolution? Follow the development of semiconductors from the invention of the transistor in the 1940s to ever-smaller circuits that are now measured in nanometers. Along the way, discover how…
Making Stuff Faster
Part of the Series: NOVA - Making More Stuff
Ever since humans stood on two feet we have had the basic urge to go faster. But are there physical limits to how fast we can go? David Pogue wants to find out, and in Making Stuff Faster , he'll…
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,…
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.
Out of Many, One: Composites
Episode 23 of The Nature of Matter
When different materials combine to create something very unlike its individual components, you have a composite. Learn what gives composites superior properties. Explore a wide range of examples, including concrete, carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, automobile tires, carbon nanotubes, and aerogel.
Making Stuff Colder
Part of the Series: NOVA - Making More Stuff
Cold is the new hot in this brave new world. For centuries we've fought it, shunned it, and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation…
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…
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…