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


Imec Buried Power Rail and Backside Power Delivery at VLSI

Imec Buried Power Rail and Backside Power Delivery at VLSI
by Scotten Jones on 06-28-2022 at 6:00 am

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At the VLSI Technology Symposium Imec presented on Buried Power Rails (BPR) and Backside Power Delivery (BSPD) in a paper entitled: “Scaled FinFETs Connected by Using Both Wafer Sides for Routing via Buried Power Rails”. I recently had a chance to interview one of the authors, Naoto Horiguchi about the work. I have interviewed … Read More


Electronic and photonic building blocks for high-speed wireline transceivers

Electronic and photonic building blocks for high-speed wireline transceivers
by Daniel Nenni on 03-31-2022 at 8:00 am

Date / Time: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

Overview:

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Especially inside the large data centers that underpin today’s cloud and internet infrastructure, traffic keeps growing exponentially. As a result, the industry is now looking at 800G- and even 1.6T-capable optical (pluggable)

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CMOS Forever?

CMOS Forever?
by Asen Asenov on 01-16-2022 at 6:00 am

CMOS Forever

Today, the CMOS chip manufacturing is the pinnacle of the human technology defining economy, society and perhaps us as modern humans. This was highlighted by the recent chip shortage, followed by the ‘shocking’ realization that more than 80% of all chips are manufactured in the Far East.

Important decisions need to be taken by … Read More


IBM at IEDM

IBM at IEDM
by Scotten Jones on 01-10-2022 at 6:00 am

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IBM transferred their semiconductor manufacturing to GLOBALFOUNDRIES several years ago but still maintains a multibillion-dollar research facility at Albany Nanotech. IBM is very active at conferences such as IEDM and appears to have a good public relations department because they get a lot of press.

At the Litho Workshop … Read More


VLSI Technology Symposium – Imec Alternate 3D NAND Word Line Materials

VLSI Technology Symposium – Imec Alternate 3D NAND Word Line Materials
by Scotten Jones on 07-19-2021 at 6:00 am

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At the 2021 VLSI Technology Symposium, Imec presented on Ruthenium (Ru) and Molybdenum (Mo) as alternate Word Line (WL) materials for 3D NAND Flash “First Demonstration of Ruthenium and Molybdenum Word lines Integrated into 40nm Pitch 3D NAND Memory Devices”. I had an opportunity to interview one of the authors: Maarten Rosmeulen.… Read More


VLSI Technology Symposium – Imec Forksheet

VLSI Technology Symposium – Imec Forksheet
by Scotten Jones on 07-06-2021 at 6:00 am

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FinFETs devices are reaching their limits for scaling. Horizontal Nanosheets (HNS) are a type of Gate All Around (GAA) device that offers better scaling and performance per unit area. HNS is the logical next step from FinFETs because HNS processing is similar to FinFETs with a limited number of process changes required.

At the … 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


LEAP INTO THE FUTURE OF PHOTONICS

LEAP INTO THE FUTURE OF PHOTONICS
by Daniel Nenni on 02-23-2021 at 8:00 am

There’s no doubt about it. Photonics is rapidly gaining importance thanks to its proven potential for many diverse application areas & industries.
Imec Technology Forum Photonics is your No. 1 occasion to gain insights on –
pioneering R&D in silicon photonics, opto-electronics, photonics-based sensors and imaging,
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