The semiconductor industry’s incredible juggernaut has been powered by device innovations at its very core. Moreover, present-day enterprises encounter immense competitive pressures and innovations are a key differentiator to maintain their competitive edge1.
“It wasn’t that Microsoft was so brilliant or clever… Read More
It was refreshing to hear a talk focused on emerging stronger from the downturn when the news and media are focused on the gloom. At the recent Siemens EDA User2User conference, Joe Sawicki, executive vice president, IC, gave an uplifting keynote talk to the audience. He highlighted a secular growth trend happening in the semiconductor… Read More
These days, the term chiplets is referenced everywhere you look, in anything you read and in whatever you hear. Rightly so because the chiplets or die integration wave is taking off. Generally speaking, the tipping point that kicked off the move happened around the 16nm process technology when large monolithic SoCs started facing… Read More
A quick Google search for “2.5D 3D IC” returns 669,000 results, so it’s a popular topic for the semiconductor industry, and there are plenty of decisions to make, like whether to use an organic substrate or silicon interposer for interconnect of heterogenous semiconductor die. Design teams using 2.5D and … Read More
3D IC technology development started many years ago well before the slowing down of Moore’s law benefits became a topic of discussion. The technology was originally leveraged for stacking functional blocks with high-bandwidth buses between them. Memory manufacturers and other IDMs were the ones to typically leverage this … Read More
My first exposure to seeing multiple die inside of a single package in order to get greater storage was way back in 1978 at Intel, when they combined two 4K bit DRAM die in one package, creating an 8K DRAM chip, called the 2109. Even Apple used two 16K bit DRAM chips from Mostek to form a 32K bit DRAM, included in the Apple III computer, circa… Read More