This year's International Electron Devices Meeting again focuses on replacement technologies for flash memory and continuing semiconductor scaling.
Since Intel released its Tri-Gate process for 22 nm, there has been
widespread belief that planar technology is at an end. Samsung is
looking for ways to keep things going. Take a look at its paper,
"Comprehensive Extensibility of 20nm Low Power/ High Performance
Technology Platform Featuring Scalable High-k/Metal Gate Planar
Transistors with Reduced Design Corner.”
extensibility, what would IEDM be without an Intel paper on advanced
CMOS technology? Kelin Kuhn and collaborators will present the invited
talk entitled, "The Ultimate CMOS Device and Beyond." Intel will provide
its take on what remains in the CMOS roadmap and what lies beyond.
final paper among my picks is an invited talk from Infineon titled,
"The Role of Silicon, Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride in Power
Electronics." It's only one angle, but power electronics is attracting
increased attention with the push for solid-state lighting.
I’m very interested to hear the pro-fabless view from GlobalFoundries
in the wake of some premature announcements of the death of the
fabless/foundry business model. Ajit Manocha, CEO, GlobalFoundries,
obviously isn't buying it, given the title of his luncheon address, "Is
the Fabless/Foundry Model Dead? We Don’t Think So. Long Live Foundry
By the way, can we make that last use of "2.0" in the
semiconductor industry? Web entrepreneurs have already sucked the life
out of that meme.
--Don Scansen is a partner at the technology consulting firm IP Research Group.
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