Our final addition to the Silicon Run Series will be a film on nanoelectronics. Principal investigator Ruth Carranza, with sponsoring research organization Pellet Productions, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to begin pre-production.
Workshop with Educators
Our first research activity was a workshop in November 2015 at Stanford, which was attended by ten undergraduate science professors from
the states of Washington, Oregon, New York and California, a representative from the semiconductor industry and a representative from the Computer History Museum.The purpose was to critique the existing Silicon Run Series, determine the need for and use of instructional films, and to discuss the upcoming film’s content.
Research Trip to IMEC
The second major activity consisted of doing research at IMEC, an international advanced nanoelectronics research center in Belgium. IMEC has agreed to serve as a location site if we obtain production funds from NSF. In March, Ruth Carrenza recorded conversations with scientists in the fields of logic, memory, lithography, atomic layering deposition, interconnects, long term scaling, and 3D testing. During a tour of IMEC’s 300mm CMOS production facility, Ruth took over 100 photographs of the extensive equipment used to manufacture today’s integrated circuits. These pictures will be used to identify the extensive equipment used in the IC fabrication process of the nanoelectronics film.
On January 11, 2017 Pellet Productions and Silicon Run Productions submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation requesting full funding for the production of Nanoelectronics. We hope to start production in September 2017.