|[title] Life at Chipworks|
|[* black] This is Chipworks' brand new [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion_beam_etching|IBE] (ion beam etching) mill system.|
|[* black] The IBE 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, the IBE system uses the atoms in an ion beam to do its dirty work.
|[* black] tl;dr it's an [http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110818230218/transformers/images/a/af/Prime-optimusprime-s01e06-ionblaster.jpg|ion blaster].