IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Kurt Petersen

The Life Fellow is a pioneer in advancing microelectromechanical systems technology

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THE INSTITUTEIEEE Life Fellow Kurt Petersen will receive this year’s IEEE Medal of Honor “for contributions to and leadership in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in the field of MEMS.”

Petersen began his career at IBM, where he established a micromachining research group, which ran from 1975 to 1982. Micromachining is a technique for the fabrication of 3D and 2D electromechanical structures on the micrometer scale in silicon.

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The State of the Transistor in 3 Charts

In 75 years, it’s become tiny, mighty, ubiquitous, and just plain weird

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The most obvious change in transistor technology in the last 75 years has been just how many we can make. Reducing the size of the device has been a titanic effort and a fantastically successful one, as these charts show. But size isn’t the only feature engineers have been improving.

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