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.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.