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Shrinking Possibilities

Lithography will need multiple strategies to keep up with the evolution of memory and logic

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Say good-bye to the node.

For 39 years, the node endured as the elusive and yet universally accepted metric that semiconductor specialists used to indicate how small their transistors were. Like depth readings on a wild descent into the infinitesimal, node figures were plotted out for the near future in a “road map” released annually by the semiconductor industry associations of Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. That map was, and is, a collection of the global semiconductor industry’s best ideas about how it was going to fulfill the Moore’s Law prophecy of a 30 percent shrink in transistor size—and consequent doubling in density—on chips every two years.

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IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

He codesigned the Internet protocol and transmission control protocol

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IEEE Life Fellow Vinton “Vint” Cerf, widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” is the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Medal of Honor. He is being recognized “for co-creating the Internet architecture and providing sustained leadership in its phenomenal growth in becoming society’s critical infrastructure.”

The IEEE Foundation sponsors the annual award.

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How to Stake Electronic Components Using Adhesives

Staking provides extra mechanical support for various electronic parts

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Adhesive staking of DIP component on a circuit board using Master Bond EP17HTDA-1.

The main use for adhesive staking is to provide extra mechanical support for electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling.

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Sensitive electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling can often benefit from adhesive staking. Staking provides additional mechanical reinforcement to these delicate pieces.

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