If you think you've had trouble
in the past trying to find small components that you drop in the lab, you haven't
seen anything yet - literally. The new Gallium Nitride (GaN) ICs that feature both
high frequency and high power density are as clear as glass. Their high energy band
gaps allow visible light photons to pass right through without absorption, which
we perceive as color. The only visible feature on the chips will be the metallized
bonding pads. It will be interesting to "see" what kind of chip graffiti shows up
on these devices!