EUV is coming but will we need it?

EUV is coming but will we need it?
by Scotten Jones on 04-12-2016 at 4:00 pm

I have written multiple articles about this year’s SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference describing all of the progress EUV has made in the last year. Source power is improving, photoresists are getting faster, prototype pellicles are in testing, multiple sites around the world are exposing wafers by the thousands and more. Read More


10nm SRAM Projections – Who will lead

10nm SRAM Projections – Who will lead
by Scotten Jones on 03-25-2016 at 12:00 pm

At ISSCC this year Samsung published a paper entitled “A 10nm FinFET 128Mb SRAM with Assist Adjustment System for Power, Performance, and Area Optimization. In the paper Samsung disclosed a high density 6T SRAM cell size of 0.040µm[SUP]2[/SUP]. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how this cell size stacks … Read More


Intel EUV Photoresist Progress and ASML High NA EUV

Intel EUV Photoresist Progress and ASML High NA EUV
by Scotten Jones on 03-10-2016 at 4:00 pm

SPIE Days 3 and 4:

Anna Lio of Intel presented EUV resists: What’s next?

Intel wants to insert EUV at 7nm but it has to be ready and economical. Critical Dimension Uniformity (CDU), Line Width Roughness (LWR) and edge placement/stochastics are all stable on 22nm, 14nm and 10nm pilot lines.… Read More


How 16nm and 14nm FinFETs Require New SPICE Simulators

How 16nm and 14nm FinFETs Require New SPICE Simulators
by Daniel Payne on 02-07-2016 at 7:00 am

About 35 years ago the first commercial SPICE circuit simulators emerged and they were quickly put to work helping circuit designers predict the timing and power of 6um NMOS designs. Then we had to limit our circuit simulations to just hundreds of transistors and interconnect elements to fit into the RAM and complete simulation… Read More


FinFET will finally arrive for GPU’s in 2016

FinFET will finally arrive for GPU’s in 2016
by Tom Simon on 01-13-2016 at 12:00 pm

It used to be that GPU chips moved to new process nodes pretty frequently, previously as often as annually. That is up until 2011. That was the year that 28nm GPU’s were unveiled. Since then there has been a long pause. Now in the wake of the 2016 CES both Nvidia, with its previously announced Pascal, and AMD, with the just announced Polaris,… Read More


Challenges in IP Qualification with Rising Physical Data

Challenges in IP Qualification with Rising Physical Data
by Pawan Fangaria on 12-17-2015 at 7:00 am

With every new technology node, there are newer physical effects that need to be taken into account. And every new physical effect brings with itself several new formats to model them. Often a format is also associated with several of its derivatives, sometimes an standard reincarnation of a proprietary format further evolved… Read More


Samsung Versus Intel at 14nm

Samsung Versus Intel at 14nm
by Scotten Jones on 12-01-2015 at 6:00 pm

Daniel Nenni recently blogged about Intel’s claims of industry leading process density that were made at their analysts meeting. It isn’t clear to me why Intel makes this such a big focus at the analysts meetings, they really don’t compete with the foundries much but this seems to be a big deal to them. I thought it would be interesting… Read More


GlobalFoundries Visit – Part 1 – It’s All About Execution

GlobalFoundries Visit – Part 1 – It’s All About Execution
by Scotten Jones on 11-06-2015 at 12:00 pm

Fabless companies and the need for foundries
The success of fabless semiconductor companies is well documented with companies such as Qualcomm, Broadcom, MediaTek, AMD, Avago and others selling semiconductors made using the fabless model (see Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry by Daniel Nenni and … Read More


GlobalFoundries 14nm Process Update

GlobalFoundries 14nm Process Update
by Scotten Jones on 10-26-2015 at 12:00 pm

Last Monday Daniel Nenni and I had a conference call with Jason Gorss and Shubhankar Basu of Global Foundries to get an update on their 14nm process. Shubhankar is the product line manager for 14nm.

Global Foundries 14nm process is a FinFET on bulk process they licensed from Samsung and both companies supply the same process although… Read More


SEMI SMC: Atoms Still Don’t Scale

SEMI SMC: Atoms Still Don’t Scale
by Paul McLellan on 09-24-2015 at 7:00 am

Last Tuesday was the SEMI’s annual Strategic Materials Conference (SMC). The opening keynotes were given by Gary Patton, the CTO of GlobalFoundries, and Mark Thirsk, Managing Partner of Linx Consulting. This year it was held in the Computer History Museum (which always makes the commute interesting since you have to fight… Read More