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ISS 2024 – Logic 2034 – Technology, Economics, and Sustainability

ISS 2024 – Logic 2034 – Technology, Economics, and Sustainability
by Scotten Jones on 02-19-2024 at 8:00 am

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For the 2024 SEMI International Strategy Symposium I was challenged by members of the organizing committee to look at where logic will be in ten years from a technology, economics, and sustainability perspective. The following is a discussion of my presentation.

To understand logic, I believe it is useful to understand what makes… Read More


Intel should be the Free World’s Plan A Not Plan B, and we need the US Government to step in

Intel should be the Free World’s Plan A Not Plan B, and we need the US Government to step in
by Chris Krueger on 02-19-2024 at 6:00 am

TSMC Intel

There are trillions of dollars at stake with AI and huge geopolitical consequences. However, the weak foundation to American technological power is their dependence on Taiwan and TSMC, which is where most advanced silicon is manufactured. America has also been taking China to the ropes lately in their economic/technology proxy… Read More


How Disruptive will Chiplets be for Intel and TSMC?

How Disruptive will Chiplets be for Intel and TSMC?
by Daniel Nenni on 01-15-2024 at 10:00 am

UCIe Consortium

Chiplets (die stacking) is not new. The origins are deeply rooted in the semiconductor industry and represent a modular approach to designing and manufacturing integrated circuits. The concept of chiplets has been energized as a response to the recent challenges posed by the increasing complexity of semiconductor design. … Read More


2024 Big Race is TSMC N2 and Intel 18A

2024 Big Race is TSMC N2 and Intel 18A
by Daniel Nenni on 01-01-2024 at 6:00 am

Intel PowerVia backside power delivery

There is a lot being said about Intel getting the lead back from TSMC with their 18A process. Like anything else in the semiconductor industry there is much more here than meets the eye, absolutely.

From the surface, TSMC has a massive ecosystem and is in the lead as far as process technologies and foundry design starts but Intel is … Read More


IEDM: TSMC Ongoing Research on a CFET Process

IEDM: TSMC Ongoing Research on a CFET Process
by Paul McLellan on 12-18-2023 at 6:00 am

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I attended the recent International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) last week. Many of the sessions are too technical and too far away from high volume manufacture to make good topics for a blog post. As a Fellow from IBM said about 5nm at and earlier IEDM, “none of these ideas will impact 5nm. It takes ten years for a solution to from… Read More


Arm Total Design Hints at Accelerating Multi-Die Activity

Arm Total Design Hints at Accelerating Multi-Die Activity
by Bernard Murphy on 11-02-2023 at 6:00 am

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I confess I am reading tea leaves in this blog, but why not? Arm recently announced Arm Total Design, an expansion of their Compute Subsystems (CSS) offering which made me wonder about the motivation behind this direction. They have a lot of blue-chip partners lined up for this program yet only a general pointer to multi-die systems… Read More


Analog Bits Leads the Way at TSMC OIP with High-Accuracy Sensors

Analog Bits Leads the Way at TSMC OIP with High-Accuracy Sensors
by Mike Gianfagna on 10-18-2023 at 6:00 am

Analog Bits Leads the Way at TSMC OIP with High Accuracy Sensors

The 15th TSMC Open Innovation Platform® (OIP) event was held recently. This event is a focal point across the industry for cutting-edge development and industry-level collaboration. Appropriately, advanced packaging, paving the way for multi-die design was a focal point for the event. You can get a good overview of what was Read More


TSMC N3E is ready for designs, thanks to IP from Synopsys

TSMC N3E is ready for designs, thanks to IP from Synopsys
by Daniel Payne on 10-12-2023 at 10:00 am

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TSMC has been offering foundry services since 1987, and their first 3nm node was called N3 and debuted in 2022; now they have an enhanced 3nm node dubbed N3E that has launched.  Every new node then requires IP that is carefully designed, characterized and validated in silicon to ensure that the IP specifications are being met and … Read More


The True Power of the TSMC Ecosystem!

The True Power of the TSMC Ecosystem!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-02-2023 at 6:00 am

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The 15th TSMC Open Innovation Platform® (OIP) was held last week. In preparation we did a podcast with one of the original members of the TSMC OIP team Dan Kochpatcharin. Dan and I talked about the early days before OIP when we did reference flows together. Around 20 years ago I did a career pivot and focused on Strategic Foundry Relationships.… Read More


TSMC’s First US Fab

TSMC’s First US Fab
by Daniel Nenni on 09-25-2023 at 6:00 am

WaferTech TSMC

TSMC originally brought the pure-play foundry business to the United States in 1996 through a joint venture with customers Altera, Analog Devices, ISSI, and private investors (no government money). Altera is now part of Intel but ADI is still a top TSMC customer and enthusiastic supporter. I have seen the ADI CEO Vincent Roche … Read More