MANHASSET, NY --The 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits will feature joint circuit and technology focus sessions for the first time, including design in scaled technologies; design enablement; memory technology and design; and 3-D (TSV) and heterogeneous integration.
The annual joint symposia are mid-year gatherings for semiconductor engineers to discuss advancements in microelectronics technology and circuits.
The two symposia overlap specifically to provide the opportunity for technologists and circuit/system designers to interact and attend presentations by each other, according to the organizers from respective IEEE societies.
The VLSI Technology Symposium, which began in1981 and the VLSI Circuits Symposium in 1987, are rotated annually between Japan and Hawaii.
The 2012 events in Hawaii are June 12-14 (Technology) and June 13-15 (Circuits).
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.