SAN FRANCISCO Ė The International Solid-State Circuits Conference is always a global smorgasbord of the latest in semiconductor design, and the 2012 version here was no exception.
True there were no head-to-head slugfests between Intel and AMD or IBM in the processor session. But there were plenty of papers on novel ideas carved in silicon that captured the imagination, many from a diverse group of young engineers who represent the future of electronics.
We applaud organizers for lifting up some of the best of the more research-oriented papers in a new evening event called the Academic Demonstration Session. Here papers come to life with working demos explained by the authors.
This is the first year for ADS, an addition to the Industrial Demonstration Sessions for more commercial-oriented work that organizers previously created. Itís a great way to go deeper with a few dozen of the 200+ papers and authors at ISSCC.
We cruised the new demo sessions in addition to as many paper sessions as we could attend to bring you the following gallery of ISSCC 2012. We donít claim it is in any way comprehensive. In fact, we invite you to chime in with what you found most interesting at the event if you were able to be there this year.
Intel's chief product officer, Dadi Perlmutter, was one of four keynoters kicking off ISSCC 2012. He sketched out a vision of teraherz-class client computers using 3-D stacks.