SEMICON West- Jubilant huge crowds- HBM & AI everywhere – CHIPS Act & IMEC

SEMICON West- Jubilant huge crowds- HBM & AI everywhere – CHIPS Act & IMEC
by Robert Maire on 07-12-2024 at 6:00 am

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– We just finished the most happy SEMICON West in a long time
– IMEC stole the show- HBM has more impact than size dictates
– Has Samsung lost its memory mojo? Is SK the new leader?
– AI brings new tech issues with it – TSMC is still industry King

Report from SEMICON West

The crowds at Semicon West were both… Read More


IEDM 2023 – Imec CFET

IEDM 2023 – Imec CFET
by Scotten Jones on 01-17-2024 at 6:00 am

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At IEDM 2023, Naoto Horiguchi presented on CFETs and Middle of Line integration. I had a chance to speak with Naoto about this work and this write up is based on his presentation at IEDM and our follow up discussion. I always enjoy talking to Naoto, he is one of the leaders in logic technology development, explains the technology in … Read More


CEO Interview: Harry Peterson of Siloxit

CEO Interview: Harry Peterson of Siloxit
by Daniel Nenni on 08-04-2023 at 6:00 am

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Harry Peterson is a mixed-signal chip designer with a BS in Physics from Caltech.  He managed IC design groups within Fairchild, Kodak, Philips, Northern Telecom, Toshiba and Pixelworks.  During sabbaticals he helped fly experiments on NASA’s orbiting satellite observatory (OSO-8) and build telescopes in the Canary… Read More


SPIE 2023 – imec Preparing for High-NA EUV

SPIE 2023 – imec Preparing for High-NA EUV
by Scotten Jones on 05-17-2023 at 6:00 am

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The SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference was held in February. I recently had the opportunity to interview Steven Scheer, vice president of advanced patterning process and materials at imec and review selected papers that imec presented.

I asked Steve what the overarching message was at SPIE this year, he said readiness for … Read More


IEDM 2022 – Imec 4 Track Cell

IEDM 2022 – Imec 4 Track Cell
by Scotten Jones on 01-18-2023 at 6:00 am

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At the IEDM conference in December 2022, Imec presented “Semi-damascene Integration of a 2-layer MOL VHV Scaling Booster to Enable 4-track Standard Cells,” I had a chance to not only read the paper and see it presented, but also to interview one of the authors Zsolt Tokie.

Logic designs are built up by standard cells such as inverters,… Read More


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


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