Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 08:01 AMIt may not look like much, but those little bottles contain one of the most important technological advances of the last 30 years. The 1970s brought an impressive wave of innovation in the United States. In particular, personal computers and electronics began to take root as a mainstay in the home and office.
By the end of the '70s, however, the semiconductor industry had hit a brick wall. As innovation pushed the envelope, current photolithography equipment wasn’t able to keep up. Manufacturers could not make integrated circuit (IC) features smaller than one micron, and no solution seemed evident.