Scaling is Failing with Moore’s Law and Dennard

Scaling is Failing with Moore’s Law and Dennard
by Dave Bursky on 05-12-2022 at 6:00 am

Scaling is Falling SemiWiki

Looking backward and forward, the white paper from Codasip “Scaling is Failing” by Roddy Urquhart provides an interesting history of processor development since the early 1970s to the present. However it doesn’t stop there and continues to extrapolate what the chip industry has in store for the rest of this decade. For the last… Read More


Semiconductor Capital Equipment Series: Introduction

Semiconductor Capital Equipment Series: Introduction
by Doug O'Laughlin on 03-06-2022 at 10:00 am

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Semicap is in some ways the unsung hero of American global dominance in semiconductors. The US punches above its weight in terms of market share compared to demand, but specifically in three categories. EDA, IP, and Equipment.

I hope to write about everything there can be said about semiconductors, and EDA is a place I understand… Read More


Intel Evolution of Transistor Innovation

Intel Evolution of Transistor Innovation
by Daniel Nenni on 03-03-2022 at 10:00 am

Intel Transistor Innovations 1971

Intel recently released an exceptional video providing an insightful chronology of MOS transistor technology.  Evolution of Transistor Innovation is a five-minute audiovisual adventure, spanning 50 years of Moore’s Law.  Some of the highlights are summarized below, with a few screen shot captures – the full video is definitely… Read More


The Rising Tide of Semiconductor Cost

The Rising Tide of Semiconductor Cost
by Doug O'Laughlin on 02-13-2022 at 6:00 am

Moores Law Slowing Down

It Isn’t Transistory

There’s a quiet upheaval happening in the semiconductor industry. The rules that have always governed the industry are fraying, undoing assumptions that we took for granted, that was pounded into us in school. The irreproachable Moore’s Law, that exponential progress will make things cheaper, better,… Read More


More Than Moore and Charting the Path Beyond 3nm

More Than Moore and Charting the Path Beyond 3nm
by Kalar Rajendiran on 12-22-2021 at 10:00 am

Cadence AIML Technologies

The incredible growth that the semiconductor industry has enjoyed over the last several decades is attributed to Moore’s Law. While no one argues that point, there is also industry wide acknowledgment that Moore’s Law started slowing down around the 7nm process node. While die-size reductions still scale, performance jumps… Read More


Is Ansys Reviving the Collaborative Business Model in EDA?

Is Ansys Reviving the Collaborative Business Model in EDA?
by Daniel Nenni on 12-16-2021 at 10:00 am

Evolution of Multiphysics Complexity

The Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry used to be a bustling bazaar of scrappy startups, along with medium sized companies that dominated a technology space, and big main-line vendors. The annual Design Automation Conference was noisy, hectic, and sprawled over multiple large convention halls. This diversity meant… Read More


Podcast EP50: What happens next in the CPU and GPU wars?

Podcast EP50: What happens next in the CPU and GPU wars?
by Daniel Nenni on 11-26-2021 at 10:00 am

Tom is the creator of the Moore’s Law Is Dead YouTube Channel and Broken Silicon podcast. He creates videos and writes articles containing in-depth commentary and analysis of what’s going on in Technology, Gaming, and Computer Hardware; and also recaps the news and interviews people working within the gaming &… Read More


ASML is the key to Intel’s Resurrection Just like ASML helped TSMC beat Intel

ASML is the key to Intel’s Resurrection Just like ASML helped TSMC beat Intel
by Robert Maire on 09-09-2021 at 6:00 am

TSMC INTEL ASML Hurricane 1

-Intel’s access to high-NA EUV tools may be their elixir of life
-TSMC’s EUV adoption helped it vault faltering Intel & Samsung
-Maybe ASML should invest in Intel like Intel invested in ASML
-Shoe is on the other foot- But cooperation helps chip industry

Intel is dependent upon ASML for its entire future
If Intel… Read More


Why Optimizing 3DIC Designs Calls for a New Approach

Why Optimizing 3DIC Designs Calls for a New Approach
by Synopsys Editorial on 09-02-2021 at 10:00 am

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The adoption of 3DIC architectures, while not new, is enjoying a surge in popularity as product developers look to their inherent advantages in performance, cost, and the ability to combine heterogeneous technologies and nodes into a single package. As designers struggle to find ways to scale with complexity and density limitations… Read More


A Free RISC-V CPU Core Builder – Democratizing CPUs

A Free RISC-V CPU Core Builder – Democratizing CPUs
by Steve Hoover on 06-27-2021 at 6:00 am

warp v.org

There are now over a hundred RISC-V CPU cores listed on riscv.org‘s RISC-V Exchange! Amazing. If you need a RISC-V CPU core, you’ll likely be able to find one that suits your needs… if you evaluate a hundred CPU cores to find it.

Or, now, you can configure exactly the core you need, and have it built in seconds, for free! WARP-V Read More