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IEDM 2016 Demonstrates Device Physics For The Semiconductor Industry

IEDM 2016 Demonstrates Device Physics For The Semiconductor Industry

In the past few months I have been reading a lot of depressing news about our semiconductor industry’s declining growth rates, shrinking profit margins, many consolidations, as well as many articles about why, when and how following Moore’s Law will be only justified for extremely high-volume designs. Sounds kind of depressing and worrisome for semiconductors, however, last week’s Internatio... »

IEDM 2014 3D Short Course Highlights 3D Memory Cubes for SYSTEM design

IEDM 2014 3D Short Course Highlights 3D Memory Cubes for SYSTEM design

Years ago, when I gave my first 3D technology presentations, I noticed very different reactions from my diverse audience: The packaging engineers were in their element, engaged right away and asked detailed technical questions. The IC designers appeared quite worried about the strange — and for them, at that time — very different new challenges. The system designers followed very attentively e... »

The Other 3D: IEDM 2012 Zeroes in on 3D Memory and 3D Transistors

The Other 3D: IEDM 2012 Zeroes in on 3D Memory and 3D Transistors

Previews of IEDM 2012, which got underway today in San Francisco, indicate a program this year rich in content on 3D transistors and 3D memory technologies, with very little focus on 3D ICs using TSVs. My take on this is that IEDM papers are generally focuses on processes and technologies in early development. So while there was a lot to talk about in past years, 3D TSV technologies have matured p... »

Diving into the deep end of the 3D ocean

I approached the IEDM 2011 conference, in (San Francisco this week) with much trepidation. Surely, most of these presentations would be way over my head from the technical perspective.  But I was convinced by Chris Burke and Gary Dagastine of B to B Marketing, that I’d find SOMETHING I understood enough to write about.  So I dove in.  They were right. I’ve been here for about an hour and al... »