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[title] Life at Chipworks
[* black] Chipworks has a bona-fide ion blaster, affectionately called [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion_beam_etching|Ibe] (short for "ion beam etching").
[* black] IbeIBE is used to remove layers of semiconductor devices in a controlled and selective manner with very precise and planar results.
[* black] IbeIBE is used to remove layers of semiconductor devices in a controlled and selective manner with very precise and planar results.
[* black] Essentially, ion beam etching is like sandblasting a chip to remove specific layers. Instead of sand, though, Ibe uses the atoms in an ion beam to do its dirty work.
[* black] Today's semiconductor devices are constructed from dissimilar materials, like the Apple A6 which is fabricated with Samsung 32 nm [link|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-k_dielectric|HKMG] (Hi dielectric K, Metal Gate) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMOS|CMOS] process, making this an invaluable tool.
[* black] tl;dr it's an [http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110818230218/transformers/images/a/af/Prime-optimusprime-s01e06-ionblaster.jpg|ion blaster].