Slideshow: The Art of Failure 2009

A microscopic menagerie from damaged devices

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Image: Djemel Lellouchi
DINOSAUR EGG: Djemel Lellouchi, of the microelectromechanical systems reliability firm Nova MEMS, in Ramonville, France, found this oddity while investigating the failure of an optical switch. The image won the annual Art of Failure Analysis contest at the 2009 IEEE International Symposium on the Physical and Failure Analysis of Integrated Circuits, in Suzhou, China, 6 to 10 July.
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