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Free Process Design Kit Hits 15nm

PDK to spur innovation among academics, startups
8/15/2014 06:00 AM EDT
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goafrit
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Re: LinkedIn Share - Surprised to see
goafrit   9/9/2014 2:47:38 PM
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>> Why is the "University of North Carolina" in the LI post share ????

They own the powerful toolkit called NCSU toolbit which is used in the industry especially in the AMI 0.5um process.

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Re: The need for speed
goafrit   9/9/2014 2:44:08 PM
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>> Of course, you need to sell millions of chips to recover the massive investment of 15nm, but if you can, it still ends up being cheaper per chip.

Theoretical, that is the reason. Smaller feature size, small chips and that means more chips per wafer. However, other issues come up. It has worked for years, nothing says it cannot work. The point is that people must not be fixated on that size. Not every product needs small feature size of transistors.

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Re: LinkedIn Share - Surprised to see
R_Colin_Johnson   8/28/2014 10:35:12 PM
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Yes its NCSU. EETimes got it right. LinkedIn has it wrong.

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LinkedIn Share - Surprised to see
J-Mac   8/28/2014 5:11:43 PM
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LinkedIn Share for this article posts: "University of North Carolina has upgraded its FreePDK to a 15 nm scale. The previous PDK was used by thousands of universities and startups around the world."

Why is the "University of North Carolina" in the LI post share ????

This is an NCSU "NC State" article - And YES it matters !  :-)   Go Wolfpack !!

 

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Re: Mentor Graphics Calibre
Sheetal.Pandey   8/19/2014 12:13:57 PM
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THis will be quite a help for students in Engineering college or recent passouts. They can get lots of hands on experience without spending much. Companies can also make use of it for internal research and development or for trainees.

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Mentor Graphics Calibre
RHETT.DAVIS   8/19/2014 10:06:22 AM
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Note the mis-spelling of Mentor Graphics Calibre.  Since they helped to pay for this kit with a generous gift, they deserve to have their trademark recognized!

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Re: The need for speed
RHETT.DAVIS   8/19/2014 9:56:12 AM
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My impression is that the move to 15nm is not driven by the need for speed, but lower cost per chip.  Of course, you need to sell millions of chips to recover the massive investment of 15nm, but if you can, it still ends up being cheaper per chip.  And as for this being a "post Intel world", I note that TSMC is leading the way to 15nm, every bit as much as Intel.

RHETT.DAVIS
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Re: PDK error #1
RHETT.DAVIS   8/19/2014 9:51:37 AM
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Thanks for catching this!  We fixed this on the image on our Wiki.

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goafrit   8/18/2014 12:52:21 PM
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It is still something that data and market successs must prove that firms can make money by this endless race to the bottom. What defines good products is not just speed. You need intelligence, power management etc on the chip. In the post-Intel era at least in the mobile world, speed is not the defining factor. You look for other factors. When you go below 22nm, I do not think you get lots of value when you benchmark the new problems created.

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PDK error #1
Mr. FA   8/15/2014 5:40:56 PM
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Minor quality concerns exist, the image shown in the article has M1 labeled FEOL and gate labeled BEOL.  The labelling is swapped.  cheers

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