The new technology, named CMOS 9S, unites -- for the first time -- IBM innovations in copper wiring, silicon-on-insulator transistors and improved, "low-k dielectric" insulation to build chip circuits
as small as 0.13 microns, or nearly 800 times thinner than a human hair.
Ironically, this test, which intentionally passes a short electrical pulse through chip circuits
to simulate normal operational use, is intended only to detect whether newly fabricated chips are functional.
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) has developed technology that supports LSI design including a chip's package and PCB, along with chip circuits
, and electric power wiring by employing a signal measurement circuit inside the chip.