BRUSSELS, Belgium — Mike Mayberry, director of component research at Intel Corp. has looked down the highway of conventional silicon development and reckons things become foggy beyond about the 7-nm node.
And the methods of pre-competitive collaborative research that have served the industry so far will have to change and be opened up, Mayberry said, as he gave a keynote speech to the IMEC Technology Forum being held here.
Local research institute IMEC works in collaboration with all the major semiconductor companies and its two-day annual forum provides an opportunity for engineering managers and senior executives from around the world to congregate.
Mayberry said that everything up to the 10-nm CMOS node – which is in
development at Intel and will ramp production in 2015 - is effectively
done. However, he said his job depends on being able to continue to
double density and performance every two years beyond that, something
for which the way forward is much less clear.
There are numerous
ideas that may provide a continuation of silicon such as the
introduction of germanium, III-V materials into the transistor channel
and the move from fins to vertical wires or dots with gate-all-around
(GAA) structures. However, once all of that has been worked through, at
great cost, where do you go next, he asked the audience.
surprisingly Intel has been contemplating this issue and a few years ago
created an internal nanoelectronics research initiative, which has come
up with about 20 different ideas for information switching
technologies. Mayberry showed a slide with several ideas based on
spintronics were information is contained in the spin of electrons.
several ideas probably need to be pursued at the same time because it
is likely to take a decade or more to bring a radical change in the
fundamental operation of electronic circuits to maturity. And all this
has to be done in a climate of business consolidation, Mayberry said.
Mike Mayberry, director of component research at Intel, talks to a packed auditorium at the IMEC Technology Forum.
The last statement flies in the face of today's stock holder, who wants short term performance. It takes a cash cow(s) to be able to fund research in today's climate. The X86 has done that for Intel. How long will that continue?
I saw the Intel talk. As usually no useful information was given...just a lot of hot air
"Mayberry said that everything up to the 10-nm CMOS node – which is in development at Intel and will ramp production in 2015 - is effectively done."
give me a break. Intel cant even get 22nm atom parts to work before Q4 or early 2012
You know a lot less than you think you do.
I do agree that most talks from Intel are scant on details, but you have to look at their track record. Unlike IBM they don't systematically over-promise and under-deliver. Sure, there is a miss here and there, but rarely anything serious.
I suspect that the Atom issue has more to do with design than manufacturing. And Mayberry was talking about the manufacturing side. The recent gutting of IAG senior management suggests the same thing.
Aside from manufacturing breakthrough, much can be done in design and application areas. There are opportunities but there are lots of challenges, especially in the scale large enough for Intel. In addition to high volume applications, Intol may be benefited to develop low volume high value areas.
I invented a CPU cooler - 3 times better than best - better than water. Intel have major CPU cooling problems - "Intel's microprocessors were generating so much heat that they were melting" (iht.com) - try to talk to them - they send my communications to my competitor & will not talk to me.
Winners of major 'Corporate Social Responsibility' awardS!!!
When did RICO get repealed?"
INVENTORS - DO NOT TRUST INTEL!!!
BTW, I have the evidence - my competitor gave it to me.
BBTW, I am prepared to apologise to Intel if;
• They can show that the actions were those of a single individual in the company, acting outside corporate policy, and:
• They gain redress on my behalf.
Inventors - help your fellow inventors - share your experiences with companies - good and bad.
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