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Imprint for semiconductors comes out of the closet at Advanced Lithography
Ready for nanoimprint ?

3D patterning news at Photonics West
3D construction ahead


More updates
ReRAM Gains Even More Steam

New memory solutions
ReRAM Gains Steam

New transistors demand new materials
Manufacturing Of Next-Generation Channel Materials

Molecular Imprints is acquired
Molecular Imprints becomes a virtual reality company

Some thoughts on how Moore's law really can be extended
3 ways to reload Moore's law

New approaches to imaging both large and small  

5 reasons EUV will or will not be used
an interview with Matt Colburn of IBM regarding published data that speaks to the real status
of EUV

The new year starts as usual with Photonics West

LIFT your 3D printing application

GaN on Si meets Si

Follow on thoughts on consortia with my annual gratuitous use of a sport picture !
Are consortia fair competition ? – the NFL model


Update to the story on next generation hard drives
Hard drive update - BPM achieves 1.3 T bit per squ. inch

Two articles on the role of big data in fab management
Predictive fab management
Big data in the fab

Will DSA and multi-patterning take over as CD's shrink ?
Directed self assembly - hype or revolution

The race between HAMR and patterned media
The uncertain future of hard drives

July - upgraded to Contributing writer at Semiengineering.com

Climate change and new business opportunity
The largest planet wide business opportunity….ever

What happens when shrinks no longer work ?
Beyond Moore's Law

Some thoughts on the most recent Cosmos episode on the age of the earth  .....
Defects And Contamination Control

Summaries from Photonics West 2014


Bio systems

I presented a paper on the technology of insulating windows at Photonics West in Feb. SPIE
Newsroom asked for a short summary.
Identifying the best insulating windows

The final paper will be published  as
M. Watts
Design strategy for low emissivity windows with effective insulation, Proc. SPIE
8981, p. 8981-53, 2014. (In press.)

The big news for imprint watchers, MII gets acquired
A Milestone In Imprint Lithography

A consortium celebrates a significant anniversary
IMEC’s 30th Anniversary: A Consortium With Impact

Happy New Year !
First thoughts ... Printed Electronics particularly after CES 2013
Printed electronics gets serious about manufacturing


3D printing keeps getting new news
More 3D Printing Applications

Bringing back fond memories of managing software programs
Lessons from Healthcare.gov

Returning to more traditional patterning
3D Printing: Is This A Real Manufacturing Revolution?

Time to meet a patterning master
an octopus that cloaks with both color and texture

It's Printed Electronics season
Printed sensors enable new ways to interact with portable devices.

Back to displays
OLED displacing LCD but not affecting industry leaders.

Final thoughts from Adv. Litho.  
Directed Self Assembly, double patterning and crying in beer

Yet more from Adv. Litho
“More photons are good”, KLA’s new scatterometry tool provides another fine example.

Drill down at Adv. Litho...
Cymer’s EUV team has an exciting few months

It's time for SPIE Advanced Lithography
Extreme sources, block copolymers, and resist polishing at SPIE Advanced Lithography.

Another blog from Photonics West
Optical interconnect for flexible electronics

New blog  
Pyramids are not just for Pharoes
LED and optics developments from Photonics West

New paper - a summary of developments in large area Wire Grid Polarizers made by Agoura
Technology. I will present two papers, based on this work at SPIE Photonics West and SPIE
Advanced Lithography  
A process for, and optical performance of, a low cost Wire Grid Polarizer


Printed electronics - IDTech update

Patterned Media - getting closer

2 blogs on SPIE's Photonics West  conference  

An customizable imaging spectrometer – otherwise known as a “hyperspatial imager”

High performance LED’s on Si wafers – the race is on

5 blogs on SPIE's Advanced Lithography conference

You Nits - a different way to think about nanolithography

Incumbency rules ! – in lithography as elsewhere.

Advanced Semiconductor Device Lithography - pushing the optical limit for lithography   

Advanced Semiconductor Device Lithography - what is going to happen next ?   

Directed Self Assembly – record breaking small features


Different wavelengths from one material – a new freedom in LED design  IEEE Photonics  

Transdermal patches – a maturing bio imprint application ?

IEEE Photonics Conference 2011 preview

How to Print an Electron

Printed electronics for RFID’s make progress

Nanomenhirs, a new opportunity for Obelix

Cell phone optics - imprint manufacturing

Patterned LED Substrates   

Photonic Cloaking Devices

HAMRing imprint or not

Imprint as the next NGL- the saga continues

Optics out of metals


Impattern perspectives on the latest conference news have been "Top 5 news stories" at
Semiconductor International.

Photonic Crystals for LED's


Miracle free applications for printed electronics

Next generation printed electronics  

Imprint developments    


Strategies for the fabrication of low cost molds

Advances in Roll to Roll Processing

Microfluidic Devices; Materials and Processes

Patterned Light Emitting Diodes


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working with Omni-nano for nanotechnology

Astrophysics... how the Earth's position
affects the night's sky

1. Earths position in the Milky Way

2. The hidden Milky Way

Review of a movie about the most influential
computer scientist
Imitation Game
Imprint patterns  75 atom feature in patterned media
Molecular Imprints showed a Bit Pattern Media
pattern with 25 nm half pitch (SPIE 2009) which I
compared to a TEM of a silicon gate that shows the
atoms in the silcon crystal lattice (spie.org)
First to sub 7 nm half pitch phase separation in 1978 !
Small angle X ray scattering from a phase separated sample chi = 0.1
N = 15. Bragg spacing or period of the phases = 14 nm,

M.P.C. Watts, E.F.T. White “Phase Separation And Mechanical
Properties Of An Amorphous Poly(Ether-B-Ester),” Multiphase
Polymers, A.C.S. V 176, p153, 1978

Current Affairs

A non-climate guy's view of climate change - "it's
the sea level stupid."


The Anthropocene – we have to become
sustainable residents of this planet

Design Strategy for Low e windows with effective

Something different, a longer look at solar
New solar cells for an undifferentiated,
overcapacity, rocket ship

Is the Lockheed announcement on fusion - real
or corporate BS ?... an extract and analysis of
the actual patent application.....
Fusion power for all ?


Measuring rowing performance and validating t is a interesting
statistical challenge. The latest analysis of on - water performance.
Even more things considered - on the water performance – extended

Previous analysis of erg performance was published on row2k  8/1/17
"An all things considered erg competition"

The web version includes a weight, age, gender handicap calculator.
An age-ist, weight-ist, sex-ist levelled erg competition

My continued TV career in
New Austin Eye commercial - video

2016 Masters Nationals

A childhood dream to be in the Olympics - actually in the TV coverage
- actually in a commercial break in the gymnastics - actually in the first
nanosecond !!
Austin Eye commercial that  appeared in the Rio Olympic coverage-

Outakes from filming the commercial for Austin Eye who fixed my
Austin is a great place to row - video

2015 Masters Nationals
NEWS - Improving images using
"Edge only Sharpening"
NEWS - Measuring the resolution of the
latest superzoom camera - Nikon P1000
Semiconductor expert witness, consultant  and technology blogger

Litigation Experience




Resolution measurements on the Nikon  

“Edge Only Sharpening” strategy  to improve