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TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm

10nm needs new flow, Xilinx will skip it
9/17/2015 05:00 PM EDT
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resistion
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Triple patterning wording
resistion   9/29/2015 10:58:32 AM
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I think 10nm requires triple patterning compatibility, not necessarily actual triple patterning. The typically projected pitch is 48 nm; that pitch only needs to split in two and with the new spacer-as-dielectric patterning, there should be at most one trim mask, none for dense metal layouts.

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Re: TSMC 16FF hunt
SemiWiki.com   9/18/2015 10:37:42 PM
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Were you at the conference Rick? I did not see you there.

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Cited in The Hearing Blog
Brakeshoe   9/18/2015 2:44:13 PM
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Thank you for the article: I cited it in The Hearing Blog:
TSMC Announces CMOS MEMS Microphones

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Re: Simplified multiple patterning
Gondalf   9/18/2015 12:36:28 PM
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More like has done (and is doing) Intel for its own 14nm process to reduce costs and increase the yields to match 22nm efficence :)

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Re: TSMC 16FF hunt
Gondalf   9/18/2015 12:33:11 PM
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Yes TSMC :).

So sorry but this process galore is funny, they shrink like mads only to follow a single manufacturer (in decline IMO), still they do the bulk of their revenue on older nodes.

This is only an absurd race to the best red flag even if with bad yields, still enough for an overpriced phone. This Samsung-TSMC battle will cost a lot of money without an interesting return in revenue. Too bad the development costs on 10nm are proibitive for the vast majority of customers.

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Simplified multiple patterning
resistion   9/17/2015 10:41:38 PM
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16FFC means they have learned how to simplify and reduce the cost of multiple patterning. A single exposure can now cover the work of two or more previously expected exposures. The brute-force line-cutting approach is becoming outdated. Some smart, self-cutting interconnect patterns are already out there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Twice_applied_SID.png

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TSMC 16FF hunt
rick merritt   9/17/2015 8:48:07 PM
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Anyone bought (better yet torn down) a commervcial 16FF TSMC chip yet?

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