Motivation

Noting the history of mankind we may say that never a unique technology developed by man was able to promote changes in the lives of so many people as happened with electronic technology, with only a century of existence. Throughout the twentieth century, have developed the main physical theories of the constitution of matter and energy, chemical and biochemical theories, theories of information and computation, economic theories, social theories and in other applied sciences.

The sharing of scientific knowledge was intensifying among the people, to the extent that new information and communication technologies were emerging and internationally popularizing along with the phenomenon of globalization.

Scientific knowledge of the twentieth century were key to the invention of various instruments, machines, equipment and devices that guided the creation of new methods and processes that have transformed our natural material world. New synthetic materials were invented and revolutionized our industry and society. Production methods with high level of quality on a large scale were developed for factories to process new products quickly and deliver them promptly to global market.

With the significant development of satellite telecommunications, telephony and mobile computing, the world has become increasingly globalized. With the popularity of smartphones and tablets began to have the feeling that the world was small, and everything in it now rests in our hands.

Looking for inventions of the twentieth century, we can say the first half of the century was marked by inventions that have expanded human knowledge through the study of phenomena in micrometer scales, microanalysis techniques and optical microscopy. And the second half of the century was marked by inventions that increased scientific knowledge about phenomena in nanometer scales through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

The consumer electronics devices sold nowadays have become so complex, and to design them or manufacturing them involves the knowledge of many disciplines, it is virtually impossible to design a curriculum for engineering courses electronic systems to cover all aspects involved. A priori, in Brazil, the curricula of engineering courses are designed to provide the student with a general education within five years. And the curricula of technological courses are designed for more specialized training, short-term, ranging between two and three years.

There are numerous scientific and technological achievements that have contributed to the development of microelectronics until the current state of the art of nanotechnology and nanoelectronics.

In the area of manufacturing processes, include:

1) Use of high-precision techniques for pattern transfer by photolithography at the nanoscale (Nanolithography);

2) Use of techniques for batch processing of silicon wafers;
3) superficial cleaning processes contaminants from silicon wafers (RCA clean);
4) Use distilled and deionized water with high purity and decontamination;
5) Use of ultra-high purity chemicals, impurity-free;
6) Using processes of chemical reactions by dry plasma ultra controlled (CVD - Chemical vapor depositions and PE-CVDs using plasma technology);
7) Use of clean rooms with high degree of cleanliness (Class 100 - one hundred particles with dimensions of 500 nm per cubic foot of air);
8) Use of advanced technique simulators on manufacturing processes and management (CAM - Computer Aided Manufacturing).
9) Use of automated manufacturing processes and robotics to ensure maximum repeatability of processes and minimal variability tolerance of fabrication parameters within specifications and electrical characteristics determined in the design phase.

About microEDUC platform

The main goal of the microEDUC platform is contribute to the development of a scholar culture of microelectronics, nanoelectronics and nanotechnology in Brazil. For this, microEDUC platform was developed in an integrated fashion to social media strategies to support the dissemination of knowledge to communities of teachers, students from technical schools level, and engineering schools.
 
The Microelectronics for 60 years accumulated knowledge of many areas of human knowledge and not just the chip manufacturing processes or integrated circuit design engineering. In the broadest sense, the Microelectronics Education, discusses knowledge of various areas of engineering: computer engineering, electronic systems engineering, telecommunications engineering, materials engineering, chemical process engineering, production engineering, etc.

The microEDUC platform was planned to support the issues involved in the Microelectronics Education, but indirectly, depending on the strategy employed in the future, may serve to attract or arouse the secondary school students, interest in engineering.

The microEDUC platform was created in the style of virtual community to gather people interested in addressing a variety of issues on emerging technologies in the fields of microelectronics, nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. In this context the authors undertook efforts to model, develop, implement and test a web-collaborative mobile platform that could meet a wide spectrum of interest in Microelectronics Education.

The microEDUC platform modeling was initiated in 2009 and released for testing in 2010, through the package of services Google Apps for Education and DNS name registered on Name.com (an excellent internet service provider).

The platform main page, was structured in the style of websites "Web 1.0", with the following pages: Home, About Us, Organization, Projects, Resources, Sitemap and Terms of Use, Privacy & Copyright notes.