Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2006
Issue 4


Guest Column

From Churchill to Scarlett O’Hara, five strategic patenting options

Contrary to what most people think, a patent does not confer the right to actually do anything; only the right to stop others from exploiting an invention.


Nano needs more analyst coverage before it will take to the Street

It’s been a crazy couple of months for conferences and events. Not surprisingly, the public markets and funding continue to be the main focus of conversation.

Letter From The Editor

Dear reader,

I recently had the opportunity to interview a living legend of nanotechnology. Morinobu Endo is unassuming about the role he has played in commercial nanotech.


Global Watch

What’s in a nano name?

Industry calls for consistent terminology

Global Watch

Ready to wear: textiles among drivers of third industrial revolution

It is fascinating to look back a few years at the early predictions made about the impact of nanotechnologies.

Special Report

Nanoelectronics strategies from board room to clean room

It was just a few years ago that nanoelectronics was, well, hypothetical. Today it is anything but.


On the history and future of carbon nanotubes

Before there were carbon nanotubes, there was Morinobu Endo. Like the semiconductor industry itself, Endo has been battling manufacturing problems for more than 30 years.

Cover Story

Pushing the limits of light

From semiconductor lithography to the imaging of living cells, optical techniques are being challenged by alternative approaches.

From The Front

MEMS fab services

Just a few short years ago the MEMS fab business was decidedly in the doldrums. Today it is catching a tailwind.

Small World

There’s plenty of room at the top for nanotech research

Small Times has run its share of stories that were, well, out of this world. We have tracked the use of MEMS in satellites and covered the development of nanomaterials for spacecraft.

Small World

You can take it with you - work, that is

Vacations are supposed to be about disconnecting from work, finding that downtime to recharge, and experiencing that outside world which you ordinarily don’t have the chance to see.



Standards efforts shift into high gear

New specs to provide foundation for global manufacturing

Rampd Updates




Equity and debt financing

State Rankings

Legislation seeks to spur states’ nano development

Initiatives designed to jump start nano-technology investment received a shot in the arm when the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development held a Capitol Hill hearing on May 4 spotlighting public-private programs in rural states that have paid dividends for companies like Hewlett-Packard.

State Rankings

State Rankings

The first category - venture capital - of our state rankings shows few surprises in the first and second slots.