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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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scriggle
  • To writhe; struggle or twist about with more or less force; wriggle.
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