Engaged with foundries at 28-nm
Jeff Lewis, senior vice president of marketing and business development, confirmed that SuVolta is engaged with multiple foundries working on 28-nm and expected results at that process node to emerge in 2012.
The DDC technology matches well with existing infrastructures including existing system-on-chip (SoC) design layouts, existing design schemes such as body bias control, and existing manufacturing tools, said Lewis.
SuVolta argues that one reason that the scaling of supply voltage stopped at the 130-nm node was because of random dopant fluctuation (RDF) in the implanted dopants in the transistor channel. RDF results in variation in threshold voltage (VT) between different transistors on a chip.
Successful reduction of RDF has been reported using two exotic structures, ETSOI and Tri-Gate – a FinFET technology. However, both ETSOI and FinFET technologies are complex, making them difficult to match with existing design and manufacturing infrastructures.DDC achieves tight control of dopants in layers of epitaxial silicon growth to define a thin channel at the start of the manufacturing process.
Thereafter the process is a conventional bulk CMOS process but without the need to inject dopants using ion implantation. According to the Fujitsu paper intra-die VT variation is reduced by half through the use of DDC compared with Fujitsu's non-DDC 65-nm CMOS.
The DDC (deeply depleted channel) transistor shows tight control of dopant concentration and depletion depth. It improves VT matching and is additive to ten years of developments in strain engineering. The no-, low- and high-dopant concentrations are achieved through multiple growth phases of epitaxial silicon prior to device fabrication. The regions are not shown to scale. Source: SuVolta.
The cross sectional transmission electron micrograph (TEM) shows the transistor fabricated on a planar bulk silicon structure. Source: SuVolta
SuVolta entered the Silicon 60, EE Times'
list of emerging startup companies at version 11.0 in October 2010. The
latest edition of the Silicon 60 is version 12.5, which is the subject
of a detailed technology and employment digital edition which can be
accessed via http://e.ubmelectronics.com/Silicon60/index.html
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