Imec and Coventor Partner Up

Imec and Coventor Partner Up
by Paul McLellan on 10-28-2014 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedToday imec and Coventor announced a joint development project for 10nm and 7nm process development. Imec, which is in Leuven Belgium, is a partner with pretty much all the semiconductor companies that are planning work at these advanced nodes. It mostly does pre-competitive research and development. This type … Read More


What Comes After FinFET?

What Comes After FinFET?
by Paul McLellan on 08-10-2014 at 11:01 pm

So what comes after FinFETs? At 14/16nm (or 22nm if you are Intel) we had FinFET transistors, where the channel was no longer planar but stuck out of the wafer vertically, and the gate wrapped around it on 3 sides. The key thing that made FinFET transistors attractive was that the channel was thin so that the gate controlled it well. … Read More


EUV and DSA from Imec and #semiconwest

EUV and DSA from Imec and #semiconwest
by Paul McLellan on 07-14-2014 at 7:00 am

All the details of how we will build semiconductors going forward depend on whether we have EUV in our arsenal or not. Imec is very close to this since they work closely with ASML (who are about an hour and half’s drive away just outside Eindhoven in the Netherlands). At the imec technology symposium we were given a quick summary… Read More


Imec’s Process Secret Decoder Ring

Imec’s Process Secret Decoder Ring
by Paul McLellan on 07-12-2014 at 11:00 am

To wrap up Semicon West, let’s go back to Monday and the imec presentations. In fact, An Steegen’s presentation titled The Semiconductor Roadmap. She covered a lot of ground, but some of her slides contain a wealth of information. Let’s look at the options for 10nm, 7nm and a little 5nm, what imec call N10, N7 and… Read More


IMEC Technology Symposium

IMEC Technology Symposium
by Paul McLellan on 07-08-2014 at 12:52 pm

Image RemovedYesterday I attended the IMEC Technology Forum at Semicon West. As always with IMEC, they present so much information it is like drinking from a firehose. I’ll say more about the future of process technology in a blog later this week, but this blog is about IMEC itself. It is an amazing success story. Let’s face it, if … Read More


Samsung Voice of the Body

Samsung Voice of the Body
by Paul McLellan on 05-28-2014 at 2:12 pm

Image RemovedI just back from Samsung’s big announcement held at the SFJazz center (very conveniently 15 minutes walk from my place). They put a stake in the ground about their program at the intersection of medicine and health and technology. They had said in advance that they would not announce any new hardware but in fact… Read More


Semicon Technology Advancement – A View From IEDM

Semicon Technology Advancement – A View From IEDM
by Pawan Fangaria on 12-20-2013 at 10:00 am

As I see the semiconductor industry going through significant changes and advances, yet ironically plagued by a growing perception that the pace of scaling is slowing, I was inclined to take a peek into what the industry experts say about the state of the industry and the future of Moore’s Law. Fortunately, at last week’s InternationalRead More


2nd International RRAM Workshop at Stanford

2nd International RRAM Workshop at Stanford
by Ed McKernan on 10-24-2012 at 5:00 pm

Image RemovedThe 2nd International Workshop on Resistive RAM. The workshop was the second installment of an annual series organized by Stanford University and the Belgian research institute Imec. Like most RRAM workshops, this year’s event featured talks focusing on the physics of RRAM devices and their underlying … Read More


2nd International Workshop on Resistive RAM at Stanford

2nd International Workshop on Resistive RAM at Stanford
by Ed McKernan on 09-20-2012 at 8:02 pm

Image RemovedA Veritable who’s who of ReRAM researchers will be present at the 2nd International Workshop on Resistive RAM at Stanford in the beginning of October. Sponsored by IMEC and Stanford’s NMRTI (Non-Volatile Technology Research Initiative), the program features two days of talks, panel sessions and … Read More


Learning about 3D IC Design and Test, IEEE Workshop on Friday, December 9th in Newport Beach, CA

Learning about 3D IC Design and Test, IEEE Workshop on Friday, December 9th in Newport Beach, CA
by Daniel Payne on 11-19-2011 at 4:42 pm

The IEEE has an Orange Country Chapter of the Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society who are organizing an all-day workshop, 3D Integrated Circuits: Technologies Enabling the Revolution. This looks to be an informative day with real-world examples in both design and test being presented by over a dozen … Read More