SEMICON West 2022 and the Imec Roadmap

SEMICON West 2022 and the Imec Roadmap
by Scotten Jones on 08-03-2022 at 10:00 am

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SEMICON West 2022 was held from July 12th to 14th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

On Monday the 11th before the show, Imec held a technology forum at the Marriott Marquee right around the corner from the Moscone center. In recent years the Imec forums have shifted away from the process technology I cover to more of a system and… Read More


Future Semiconductor Technology Innovations

Future Semiconductor Technology Innovations
by Tom Dillinger on 07-19-2022 at 6:00 am

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At the recent VLSI Symposium on Technology and Circuits, Dr. Y.J. Mii, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at TSMC, gave a plenary talk entitled, “Semiconductor Innovations, from Device to System”.  The presentation offered insights into TSMC’s future R&D initiatives, beyond the current roadmap.  The associated… Read More


3D Device Technology Development

3D Device Technology Development
by Tom Dillinger on 07-13-2022 at 6:00 am

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The VLSI Symposium on Technology and Circuits provides a deep dive on recent technical advances, as well as a view into the research efforts that will be transitioning to production in the near future.  In a short course presentation at the Symposium, Marko Radosavljevic, from the Components Research group at Intel, provided … Read More


Intel Discusses Scaling Innovations at IEDM

Intel Discusses Scaling Innovations at IEDM
by Scotten Jones on 12-14-2021 at 6:00 am

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Standard Cell Scaling

Complex logic designs are built up from standard cells, in order to continue to scale logic we need to continually shrink the size of standard cells.

Figure 1 illustrates the dimensions of a standard cell.

 Figure 1. Standard Cell Dimensions.

 From figure 1 we can see that shrinking standard cell sizes requires… Read More


SISPAD – Cost Simulations to Enable PPAC Aware Technology Development

SISPAD – Cost Simulations to Enable PPAC Aware Technology Development
by Scotten Jones on 10-31-2021 at 10:00 am

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I was invited to give a plenary address at the SISPAD conference in September 2021. For anyone not familiar with SISPAD it is a premiere TCAD conference. This year for the first time SISPAD wanted to address cost and my talk was “Cost Simulations to Enable PPAC Aware Technology Development”.

For many years the standard in technology… Read More


VLSI Symposium – TSMC and Imec on Advanced Process and Devices Technology Toward 2nm

VLSI Symposium – TSMC and Imec on Advanced Process and Devices Technology Toward 2nm
by Scotten Jones on 07-02-2021 at 6:00 am

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At the 2021 Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits in June a short course was held on “Advanced Process and Devices Technology Toward 2nm-CMOS and Emerging Memory”. In this article I will review the first two presentations covering leading edge logic devices. The two presentations are complementary and provide and excellent… Read More


What Might the “1nm Node” Look Like?

What Might the “1nm Node” Look Like?
by Tom Dillinger on 12-28-2020 at 6:00 am

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The device roadmap for the next few advanced process nodes seems relatively clear.  The FinFET topology will subsequently be displaced by a “gate-all-around” device, typically using multiple stacked channels with a metal gate completely surrounding the “nanosheets”.  Whereas the fin demonstrates improved gate-to-channel… Read More


VLSI Symposium 2020 – Imec Monolithic CFET

VLSI Symposium 2020 – Imec Monolithic CFET
by Scotten Jones on 09-13-2020 at 10:00 am

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The 2020 VLSI Technology Symposium was held as a virtual conference from June 14th through June 19th. At the symposium Imec gave an interesting paper on Monolithic CFET and I had a chance to interview one of the authors, Hiroaki Arimura.

It is well known in the industry that FinFETs (FF) are reaching the end of their scaling life. Samsung… Read More


Imec Technology Forum and ASML

Imec Technology Forum and ASML
by Scotten Jones on 07-30-2020 at 6:00 am

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On Thursday July 9 Imec held a virtual technology forum. Imec is one of the premier research organizations working on semiconductor technology and their forums are always interesting. My area of interest is process technology and the following are my observation in that area from the forum.

Luc Van Den Hove
Luc Van Den Hove is the… Read More


Can TSMC Maintain Their Process Technology Lead

Can TSMC Maintain Their Process Technology Lead
by Scotten Jones on 04-29-2020 at 10:00 am

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Recently Seeking Alpha published an article “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Losing Its Process Leadership To Intel” and Dan Nenni (SemiWiki founder) asked me to take a look at the article and do my own analysis. This is a subject I have followed and published on for many years.

Before I dig into specific process density… Read More