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Re: 5, 10, 20 years?
bec0   3/20/2014 4:39:09 PM
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Hi Max - you are unsure of 5, 10, or 20 years. I agree, the crystal ball is mucho muddied right now. But we as an industry had better figure it out fast. With the economics flat or nearly flatted at 28nm, only a very few will see a need to go lower (for some other reason than cost scaling). I wonder about the slowing of innovation from this bottoming out as well. However, an aspect that may help us do this sooner rather than later: since 28nm will be around for a long long time, being the bottom of the cost bathtub, it is the perfect platform to try out monolithic 3d techniques (and any other ideas out there), especially for SoCs. The NAND folks are already getting there.....

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Max The Magnificent   3/20/2014 9:33:14 AM
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Hi Zvi -- I'm convinced that true monolythic 3D ICs will one day be the norm ... I just don't know when they will become mainstream ... but it's fun watching this all evolve...

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