Feeds

Intel makes The Register sweat IV

Part IV: Photos from the fab inc. Mike Magee in bunny suit NB Graphics intensive

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Intel does not allow any cameras inside its fab besides from its own for obvious reasons. We did point out to them that these days you can get really good cameras that will fit in your tie if you're wearing one, but we didn't have one of those... Diffusion area A technician carries a lot box of wafers down an alleyway of diffusion surfaces. He or she is coming from the photographic area (see colour at back). The furnaces grow layers of oxide on the wafers and the oxide is then etched using a pattern photographically imprinted on the surface in a later step. See the robots on each of the technician loading and unloading the furnaces. Etch area Here a technician unloads a boat of wafers from the lot box for processing in acid baths in the tanks behind him or her. The acid tanks etch unwanted portions of the surface of the wafers. The robot arm in the background carries the boats from tank to tank, so the human being can avoid being near the very nasty acids. Intel has new Hitachi machines which are completely closed off from the bay. Thin Film area The human being in bunny suit loads a metal sputtering tool with a boat of wafers. The tools deposit layers of metal that will make connections in the minute circuits. The floor is a vent, with filtered air travelling from the ceiling's HEPA filters. The air system is on the next floor above the clean room. This is to avoid human and other particulates spoiling the wafers Mike Magee area Here we see Mike Magee in the garb of an Intel technician but without his crash helmet. The strange red eyes are due to the Intel photographer not being a very good one. And here's Mike Magee in bunny suit in Fab 11. Note the arrays of $700 suits behind him. Now there's something better inside.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.