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The Art of Electronics – CMOS logic wins image prize

The Art of Electronics – CMOS logic wins image prize

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By Nick Flaherty



An image of autosynthesised CMOS logic reminiscent of ancient cuneiform inscriptions has won an award in Ireland.

The image of autosynthesised CMOS logic from a commercial motor control IC was captured by Richard Fitzgerald of the Design Technology Evaluation Group at Tyndall using the mosaic builder function ImageSnapper on the Tescan Amber plasma FIB. 

The sample has been delayered to the gate polysilicon level shown by a combination of parallel polishing and selective etching.  The image is a small part of a set of large mosaics created for the purpose of IP investigation through circuit extraction by the DTE group within the SP&S centre. 

The STS Elionix Scientific Image competition showcases the creative side of the researchers at the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland. This encourages researchers to share scientific images from their research that visually striking or informative to the technically excellent. 

The judges for the Q2 competition were Prof. William Scanlon, CEO; Peter Smyth, Commercial Director; Ursula Morrish, Marketing & Communications Manager; and Graeme Maxwell, Head of Specialty Products & Services.

A second winner was an image of Co3O4 supercapacitor electrodes that look like Blue Daisy Flowers.

Co3O4 supercapacitor electrodes that look like Blue Daisy Flowers.

The image was taken by Padman Narayanasamy of Advanced Energy Materials as part of the TRANSLATE project to design a thermally chargeable supercapacitor. The electrodes are thermally chargeable supercapacitors that will be developed and tested for this project.

The winners are awarded a €100 Me2You Gift Card, sponsored by US electron beam equipment maker STS Elionix. 

www.tyndall.ie; sts-elionix.com/

 

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