For starters, it is always nice to meet people whose work has greatly influenced you and your research. I had read the Tuckerman-Pease paper on microchannel cooling at least a dozen times during my PhD studies... Not just that, Dr. Pease is one of the world’s leading experts on lithography and 3D, and has tremendous subject knowledge. Add to it the fact that he shared several exciting stories from his career with us during the meeting. We were spellbound!
Trivia 1: What happened to David Tuckerman, the talented grad student who was the lead inventor of the microchannel cooling concept?
Answer: He’s now a venture capitalist! Check out his webpage here. Before his VC stint, he was CTO of Tessera, the well-known packaging company. Tuckerman co-founded a startup called nCHIP before his Tessera days.
Trivia 2: Finfets are now used in Intel microprocessors, and are expected to be the standard transistor type for all logic chips soon. Guess who was the DARPA program manager who funded the first Finfet project with UC Berkeley?
Answer: Fabian Pease. We found out Dr. Pease was recruited into DARPA in the 1990s by Lance Glasser, who was Director of DARPA at that time. Interestingly, Lance has served as an advisor to MonolithIC 3D Inc. for the past one and a half years :-) If you have time, check out Lance's website here. It has some neat content!
Well, we showed Dr. Pease our company’s ideas for doing monolithic 3D ICs for logic and memory. He listened to our presentation and said, “I’ve worked on litho for many decades, and it’s getting too costly nowadays. I think we need to look at approaches other than lithography to continue Moore’s law. Monolithic 3D is the future. You guys are onto something really big!” We were quite excited to hear this, and our CEO, Zvi Or-Bach, asked Dr. Pease if we could quote this to others publicly. And he said, sure, go ahead :-)
Interesting meeting, huh?
PS: Don't forget to visit us at Semicon West later this week at booth #5585. As Zvi mentioned in his Thursday blog-post, our technology has been selected as one of just three finalists for the "Best of West" Award :-) According to Semicon West, Best of West finalists are selected by a distinguished panel of semiconductor experts based on their financial impact on the industry, engineering or scientific achievement, and/or societal impact.