Directed self-assembly is not the whole answer, but it is an answer and its one that has the potential to touch other aspects of extending lithography down to sub-wavelength dimensions. I'm excited about what SRC and other researcher groups developing advanced copolymer formulations may be cooking up :)
This is good stuff with great promise, but of course this is still a nascent technology that will not be manufacturing ready in time to stop Moore's law from stalling in the next few years. Perhaps if we hadn't spent so much money on EUV lithography then resources could have been made available to accelerate directed self-assembly technology years ago.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.