“When Hawking received it, he was pleased, honored and interested in how it was made,” said Martin Curley, vice president of Intel Labs Europe, who presented Hawking with a one-of-a-kind wafer as a 71st birthday gift. The 300-millimeter silicon wafer that read “Happy Birthday Stephen Hawking” 100 times in letters 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The letters were etched on the wafer at Intel’s Fab D1C in Hillsboro, Ore. employing the same 32-nanometer technology used for Intel smartphone chips.
Hawking said there are a lot of plaques in the halls of his research facility, but this one is going straight to his office, according to David Fleming, manager of the Intel Innovation Open Lab in Ireland. “He also joked that his initials already appear in massive galactic graffiti visible in the afterglow of the Big Bang, referencing a NASA image from 2010, but now his name exists in the smallest of dimensions,” said Fleming.
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