E-beam direct write...Long time coming!:
I visited Bill Livesay at E-Beam Microfabrication (EBM) on Miramar Rd in San Diego in 1978, who was a pioneer in e-beam direct write; Howard Bogert published a newsletter in about 1980 for Dataquest, entitled, "E-Beam is Economic for Mask-Making". Maybe only the hard stop now faced by optical litho pushes e-beam to the forefront...or maybe not.
We always have a way of extending the lifetime of 'inertial' technologies more than we ever imagined was possible.
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.