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TSMC 2023 North America Technology Symposium Overview Part 3

TSMC 2023 North America Technology Symposium Overview Part 3
by Daniel Nenni on 04-27-2023 at 6:00 am

3DFabric Technology Portfolio

TSMC’s 3DFabric initiative was a big focus at the symposium, as it should be. I remember when TSMC first went public with CoWos the semiconductor ecosystem, including yours truly, let out a collective sigh wondering why TSMC is venturing into the comparatively low margin world of packaging. Now we know why and it is  absolutely… Read More


TSMC 2023 North America Technology Symposium Overview Part 2

TSMC 2023 North America Technology Symposium Overview Part 2
by Daniel Nenni on 04-26-2023 at 8:00 pm

TSMC N3 Update 2023

The next topic I would like to cover is an update to the TSMC process node roadmap starting with N3. As predicted, N3 will be the most successful node in the TSMC FinFET family. The first version of N3 went into production at the end of last year (Apple) and will roll out with other customers in 2023. There is a reported record amount of … Read More


TSMC 2023 North America Technology Symposium Overview Part 1

TSMC 2023 North America Technology Symposium Overview Part 1
by Daniel Nenni on 04-26-2023 at 6:00 pm

Advanced Technology Roadmap

The TSMC 2023 North America Technology Symposium happened today so I wanted to start writing about it as there is a lot to cover. I will do summaries and other bloggers will do more in-depth coverage on the technology side in the coming weeks. Having worked in the fabless semiconductor ecosystem the majority of my 40 year semiconductor… Read More


TSMC has spent a lot more money on 300mm than you think

TSMC has spent a lot more money on 300mm than you think
by Scotten Jones on 04-06-2023 at 10:00 am

Slide1

Up until November of 2022, IC Knowledge LLC was an independent company and had become the world leader in cost and price modeling of semiconductors. In November 2022 TechInsights acquired IC Knowledge LLC and IC Knowledge LLC is now a TechInsights company.

For many years, IC Knowledge has published a database tracking all the 300mm… Read More


3DIC Physical Verification, Siemens EDA and TSMC

3DIC Physical Verification, Siemens EDA and TSMC
by Daniel Payne on 02-07-2023 at 10:00 am

3DIC min

At SemiWiki we’ve written four times now about how TSMC is standardizing on a 3DIC physical flow with their approach called 3Dblox, so I watched a presentation from John Ferguson of Siemens EDA to see how their tool flow supports this with the Calibre tools. With a chiplet-based packaging flow there are new physical verification… Read More


Advances in Physical Verification and Thermal Modeling of 3DICs

Advances in Physical Verification and Thermal Modeling of 3DICs
by Peter Bennet on 02-07-2023 at 6:00 am

Fig 1 3DIC

If, like me, you’ve been paying too little attention to historically less glamorous areas of chip design like packaging, you’ll wake up one day and realize just how much things have changed and continue to advance and how interesting it’s become.

One of the main drivers here is the increasing use of chiplets to counter the decreasing… Read More


IEDM 2022 – TSMC 3nm

IEDM 2022 – TSMC 3nm
by Scotten Jones on 01-02-2023 at 6:00 am

TSMC CPP

TSMC presented two papers on 3nm at the 2022 IEDM; “Critical Process features Enabling Aggressive Contacted Gate Pitch Scaling for 3nm CMOS Technology and Beyond” and “A 3nm CMOS FinFlexTM Platform Technology with Enhanced Power Efficiency and Performance for Mobile SOC and High Performance Computing Applications”.

When … Read More


TSMC OIP – Analog Cell Migration

TSMC OIP – Analog Cell Migration
by Daniel Payne on 12-12-2022 at 10:00 am

Analog Cell min

The world of analog cell design and migration is quite different from digital, because the inputs and outputs to an analog cell often have a continuously variable voltage level over time, instead of just switching between 1 and 0. Kenny Hsieh of TSMC presented on the topic of analog cell migration at the recent North American OIP Read More


Samsung Versus TSMC Update 2022

Samsung Versus TSMC Update 2022
by Daniel Nenni on 12-02-2022 at 6:00 am

TSMC Versus Samsung

After attending the TSMC and Samsung foundry conferences I wanted to share some quick opinions about the foundry business. Nothing earth shattering but interesting just the same. Both conferences were well attended. If we are not back to the pre pandemic numbers we are very close to it.

TSMC and Samsung both acknowledged that there… Read More


TSMC OIP – Enabling System Innovation

TSMC OIP – Enabling System Innovation
by Daniel Payne on 11-25-2022 at 6:00 am

TSMC OIP roadmap min

On November 10th I watched the presentation by L.C. Lu, TSMC Fellow & VP, as he talked about enabling system innovation with dozens of slides in just 26 minutes. TSMC is the number one semiconductor foundry in the world, and their Open Innovation Platform (OIP) events are popular and well attended as the process technology and… Read More