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IEDM 2017 Looks Way Beyond Moore’s Law

IEDM 2017 Looks Way Beyond Moore’s Law

The International Electronic Device Manufacturing Conference (IEDM) has always focused on device scaling, successfully guiding our industry for several decades along the challenging paths of Moore’s Law and the ITRS Roadmap. Both were primarily focused on digital functions. However, we all must agree that the real world around us is analog. To allow our electronic devices to better assist us in... »

Heterointegration, Friend or Foe: Opening the Door for Technologies Beyond Moore’s Law Silicon

Heterointegration, Friend or Foe: Opening the Door for Technologies Beyond Moore’s Law Silicon

What is heterogeneous integration, and is it my friend, or is it my foe? Why does it seem everywhere one looks, heterointegration is standing up and being counted right now, in mid-2015? And what kind of doors is heterogeneous integration opening for microelectronic technologies beyond, complementary to, or in competition with Moore’s Law silicon-based semiconductors? Dr. Peter Ramm, Fraunhofer ... »

Executive Interview: Bill Bottoms Talks about Revamping the ITRS Roadmap

Executive Interview: Bill Bottoms Talks about Revamping the ITRS Roadmap

As the industry acknowledges that Moore’s Law has hit its twilight years, to be replaced by a system-level approach to achieving performance, power, and cost requirements, there’s been a question lurking behind the scenes: what will all this mean for the ITRS Roadmap—an industry icon that has kept us on the straight and narrow for decades, supporting maintenance of the pace of progress for t... »

RIP ITRS V1.0: 1992-2015

RIP ITRS V1.0: 1992-2015

Prior to 1992, the high technology industry was ‘immature’. Each supply chain vendor (equipment, materials) would accumulate input from their customers that defined product roadmaps. Vendors cared little about accepting or supplying work-in-progress (WIP) to other vendors’ products. But it became obvious to many that unless they were coordinated, sales potential would be limited. A coordina... »

2013 ITRS Roadmap Calls for 3D Power Scaling; Monolithic 3D Gains Traction

2013 ITRS Roadmap Calls for 3D Power Scaling; Monolithic 3D Gains Traction

At the beginning of April, the Semiconductor Industry Association released the 2013 International Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), which has traditionally served as a guide for “assessing and improving the future of semiconductor technology,” according to Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. Sponsored by five regions of the world including Europe, Japan, Korea... »

3D InCites Guide to SEMICON West 3D Events

3D InCites Guide to SEMICON West 3D Events

Each year, I publish a Guide to SEMICON West 3D Events in an attempt to integrate both SEMI-sponsored events with those of their partners, and other various happenings about town. With SEMICON West less than two weeks away – I figured it was time to get down to it. (My apologies if something gets overlooked. I generally work from my own list of go-to events.) Sum of the Minds The pre-game show s... »

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2.5D Products and 3DIC Standards and Roadmaps Are On the Move

Naysayers be damned! Full commercialization for 3D ICs in smartphones may be a few years out, but that doesn’t dampen the spirits of the truly devoted, who latch on to every forward step as a monumental accomplishment. This week, progress appears to be taking off for 2.5D products, and the roadmaps and standards area are making notable progress. (If you can get excited about that, than you are a... »

SEMI Standards, the ITRS Roadmap and other Boring but Important Items for the Progression of 3D IC manufacturing (UPDATED Thurs. Aug 9

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to have customers clamoring for them (3D devices), or that processes, materials and equipment are ready (or almost) and waiting for implementation to fine-tune them; and that EDA and test vendors working feverishly to fill in the design and test gaps; nothing will roll until the supply chain says it rolls. And according to Karen Savala’s (SEMI) recent article pos... »