TSMC’s Reliability Ecosystem

TSMC’s Reliability Ecosystem
by Tom Dillinger on 04-06-2022 at 10:00 am

AC accelerated stress conditions

TSMC has established a leadership position among silicon foundries, based on three foundational principles:

  • breadth of technology support
  • innovation in technology development
  • collaboration with customers

Frequent SemiWiki readers have seen how these concepts have been applied to the fabrication and packaging technology… Read More


Self-Aligned Via Process Development for Beyond the 3nm Node

Self-Aligned Via Process Development for Beyond the 3nm Node
by Tom Dillinger on 01-05-2022 at 6:00 am

TEM DoD

The further scaling of interconnect and via lithography for advanced nodes is challenged by the requirement to provide a process window that supports post-patterning critical dimension variations and mask overlay tolerances.  At the recent international Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco, TSMC presented … Read More


Technology Design Co-Optimization for STT-MRAM

Technology Design Co-Optimization for STT-MRAM
by Tom Dillinger on 01-04-2022 at 6:00 am

sense amplifier

Previous SemiWiki articles have described the evolution of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) IP from (charge-based) eFlash technology to alternative (resistive) bitcell devices.  (link, link)

The applications for eNVM are vast, and growing.  For example, microcontrollers (MCUs) integrate non-volatile memory for … Read More


Advanced 2.5D/3D Packaging Roadmap

Advanced 2.5D/3D Packaging Roadmap
by Tom Dillinger on 01-03-2022 at 6:00 am

SoIC futures

Frequent SemiWiki readers are no doubt familiar with the advances in packaging technology introduced over the past decade.  At the recent International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco, TSMC gave an insightful presentation sharing their vision for packaging roadmap goals and challenges, to address the growing… Read More


Heterogeneous Integration – A Cost Analysis

Heterogeneous Integration – A Cost Analysis
by Tom Dillinger on 12-29-2021 at 10:00 am

cost comparison

Heterogeneous integration (HI) is a general term used to represent the diverse possibilities for die technology incorporated into advanced 2.5D/3D packaging.  At the recent International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco, a team from Synopsys and IC Knowledge presented data from analyses of future potential… Read More


Methodology for Aging-Aware Static Timing Analysis

Methodology for Aging-Aware Static Timing Analysis
by Tom Dillinger on 12-28-2021 at 10:00 am

char STA flow

At the recent Design Automation Conference, Cadence presented their methodology for incorporating performance degradation measures due to device aging into a static timing analysis flow. [1] (The work was a collaborative project with Samsung Electronics.)  This article reviews the highlights of their presentation.

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Top 10 Takeaways from DAC 2021

Top 10 Takeaways from DAC 2021
by Tom Dillinger on 12-15-2021 at 2:00 pm

stopped clock license model

The “in-person” portion of the Design Automation Conference (DAC) was recently held in San Francisco.  (As several presenters were unable to attend, a “virtual” program is also available.)  The presentations spanned a wide gamut – e.g., technical advanced in design automation algorithms;  new features in commercial EDA tools; … Read More


Update on TSMC’s 3D Fabric Technology

Update on TSMC’s 3D Fabric Technology
by Tom Dillinger on 11-03-2021 at 8:00 am

3D eTV testchip

TSMC recently held their 10th annual Open Innovation Platform (OIP) Ecosystem Forum.  An earlier article summarized the highlights of the keynote presentation from L.C. Lu, TSMC Fellow and Vice-President, Design and Technology Platform, entitled “TSMC and Its Ecosystem for Innovation” (link).

Overview of 3D Fabric

The TSMC… Read More


Design Technology Co-Optimization for TSMC’s N3HPC Process

Design Technology Co-Optimization for TSMC’s N3HPC Process
by Tom Dillinger on 11-02-2021 at 8:00 am

N3HPC performance comparison

TSMC recently held their 10th annual Open Innovation Platform (OIP) Ecosystem Forum.  An earlier article summarized the highlights of the keynote presentation from L.C. Lu, TSMC Fellow and Vice-President, Design and Technology Platform, entitled “TSMC and Its Ecosystem for Innovation” (link).

One of the topics that L.C. … Read More


Highlights of the TSMC Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum

Highlights of the TSMC Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum
by Tom Dillinger on 11-01-2021 at 8:00 am

N3 comparison

TSMC recently held their 10th annual Open Innovation Platform (OIP) Ecosystem forum.  The talks included a technology and design enablement update from TSMC, as well as specific presentations from OIP partners on the results of recent collaborations with TSMC.  This article summarizes the highlights of the TSMC keynote from… Read More