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2008-12-24 09:50:37

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method to measure the toughness"”the resistance to fracture"”of the thin insulating films that play a critical role in high-performance integrated circuits. The new technique could help improve the reliability and manufacturability of ICs and, better yet, it's one that state-of-the-art microelectronics manufacturers can use with equipment they already own.At issue is the mechanical strength...


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gazingstock
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.
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