Samsung Foundry Update 2019

Samsung Foundry Update 2019
by Tom Dillinger on 06-08-2019 at 5:00 am

Samsung Foundry recently held their 4th annual technology forum in Santa Clara.  This article reviews the highlights of the presentations.  There were two prevalent themes throughout – focused execution on the current process roadmap, and the introduction of the 3nm process node features and schedule.

Before getting into … Read More


UMC and GF or Samsung and GF?

UMC and GF or Samsung and GF?
by Daniel Nenni on 09-17-2018 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedOne of the interesting rumors in Taiwan last week was the possibility that UMC and GF will do a deal to merge or UMC will buy some GF fabs. I have talked to quite a few industry experts about it and will talk to more this week at the GSA US Executive Forum (more at the end). The US Executive Forum is what they call a C Level event… Read More


Top 10 Highlights from the Samsung Foundry Forum

Top 10 Highlights from the Samsung Foundry Forum
by Tom Dillinger on 05-30-2018 at 9:00 am

Samsung Foundry recently held their annual technology forum in Santa Clara CA. The forum consisted of: presentations on advanced and mainstream process technology roadmaps; the IP readiness for those technology nodes; a review of several unique package offerings; and, an informal panel discussion with IP designers and EDA… Read More


Should EDA Follow a Foundry Model?

Should EDA Follow a Foundry Model?
by Daniel Nenni on 05-28-2018 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedThere is an interesting discussion in the SemiWiki forum about EDA and the foundry business model which got me to thinking about the next disruptive move for the semiconductor industry. First let’s look at some of the other disruptive EDA events that I experienced firsthand throughout my 30+ year career.

When I started… Read More


High Performance Ecosystem for 14nm-FinFET ASICs with 2.5D Integrated HBM2 Memory

High Performance Ecosystem for 14nm-FinFET ASICs with 2.5D Integrated HBM2 Memory
by Mitch Heins on 02-07-2018 at 10:00 am

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High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) systems have been successfully used for some time now in the network switching and high-performance computing (HPC) spaces. Now, adding fuel to the HBM fire, there is another market that shares similar system requirements as HPC and that is Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially … Read More


Arm TechCon Preview with the Foundries!

Arm TechCon Preview with the Foundries!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-23-2017 at 9:00 am

Image RemovedThis week Dr. Eric Esteve, Dr. Bernard Murphy, and I will be blogging live from Arm TechCon. It really looks like it will be a great conference so you should see some interesting blogs in the coming days. One of the topics I am interested in this year is foundation IP and I will tell you why.

During the fabless transformation… Read More


Layout Pattern Matching for DRC, DFM, and Yield Improvement

Layout Pattern Matching for DRC, DFM, and Yield Improvement
by Tom Dillinger on 06-01-2016 at 12:00 pm

It is truly amazing to consider the advances in microelectronic process development, using 193i photolithography. The figure below is a stark reminder of the difference between the illuminating wavelength and the final imaged geometries. This technology evolution has been enabled by continued investment in mask data generation… Read More


Samsung 10nm and 7nm Strategy Explained!

Samsung 10nm and 7nm Strategy Explained!
by Daniel Nenni on 04-23-2016 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedSamsung Foundry had an intimate gathering recently for 200 customers and partners that I missed, but I know several people who attended. This event was a precursor to #53DAC where Samsung has the largest foundry presence. I was able to clarify what I had heard via a phone call with Kelvin Low so here is my version of what… Read More