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How does a tiny piece of impure silicon launch an electronics revolution? Follow the development of semiconductors from the invention of the transistor in the 1940s to ever-smaller circuits that are now measured in nanometers. Along the way, discover how today's complex microchips are made.
Silicon Run Lite
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run Lite combines key sequences and images from both Silicon Run I and Silicon Run II to show from the growth of silicon crystals through the assembly of a personal computer. Live industrial footage, microscopic filming, animation, graphics, and special effects give an up-close view of manufacturing. Silicon Run…
Silicon Run Etch
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
This sixth video in the Silicon Run Series takes a close look at the etch process in semiconductor manufacturing, including chemical mechanical polish, or CMP. It shows how thin films of nonconductive, semiconductive, and conductive materials are sculpted into microchips. Following the fabrication process of a CMOS transistor, Silicon Run…
Silicon Run I
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run I uses live industrial footage to show the many processes necessary to manufacture microchips, including crystal growth, circuit design, and the wafer fabrication process for CMOS technology. Using close-ups of manufacturing processes and device animation, Silicon Run I provides a clear overview of front-end semiconductor manufacturing. It is…
Silicon Run II
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run II explores manufacturing after the silicon wafers have been fabricated. This film reviews IC fabrication and continues by showing how IC wafers are tested, sorted, and packaged into individual microchips. These devices are then assembled onto the printed circuit boards used in personal computers. They are also seen…
Silicon Cowboys - The Rise and Fall of Compaq Computers
Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know. Winner of the Special Jury Prize - New Jersey Films Competition…
FRONTLINE - United States of Secrets
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FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government's massive and controversial secret surveillance program--and the lengths they went to trying to keep it hidden from the public. Part one goes inside Washington to piece together the secret political history of "The Program," which…
July Boys: New Global Players - Catering to the Global High-Tech Service Industry
This documentary focuses on a small 'startup' company in Bangalore that designs and produces software products for cellular service providers in Europe and the U.S. Turning the tables on the usual outsourcing story, July Systems has leveraged U.S.-based venture capital and Indian technical expertise to break into the latest high-tech…
Privacy Lost
FRONTLINE continues the dramatic inside story of mass surveillance in America with Part Two of United States of Secrets, an investigation into the hidden relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency.
Virtual Appliances: An Introduction
Virtualization technologies are rapidly growing in acceptance and are being implemented by an increasing number of organizations. The popularity of Virtualization technologies has paved the way for the rise of the Virtual Appliance, or VAP. Virtual Appliances offer IT a means to streamline and simplify the development, delivery and management…
Silicon Run Lithography
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run Lithography examines the role of photolithography in imaging and printing the many intricate layers of integrated circuits. Focusing on critical and non-critical mask levels of a CMOS transistor, this video takes a close look at the manufacturing materials, tools, and processes that have made more precise and complex…
Teached: Code Oakland - African American Youth Challenge the Face of the Technology Industry
This film examines Oakland's evolution through the eyes of social entrepreneurs determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley spreads into the home of the second largest black community in California. Kalimah Priforce, whose first activism was a hunger strike at age eight, and…