Category Archives: TSV

3D Thursday: Wide I/O and TSVs have a ripple effect on the DRAM controller. Who knew?

Currently, the JEDEC Wide I/O DRAM specification looks to be the biggest driving force behind the adoption of 3D IC assembly. The 512-bit data maw of a Wide I/O SDRAM provides high bandwidth with low power levels, both excellent arguments … Continue reading

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Moore’s Law: Wanted, Dead or Alive

Moore’s Law is not dead but the vital signs have clearly changed. That was the key message I heard from Dr. Subramanian Iyer, Fellow and Chief Technologist at the IBM Systems & Technology Group, during the GSA Silicon Summit held … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds TSV capability for 28nm and 20nm die to Fab 8 in Saratoga County, New York

Customers’ clamor for 3D IC assembly capability and die with TSVs (through-silicon vias) has apparently gotten loud enough to cause a change of game plan for GLOBALFOUNDRIES, which announced today that it is spending “tens of millions of dollars” to … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Hybrid Memory Cube—Does anyone know what’s happening with IBM and Micron?

This week, IBM and Micron apparently made a joint announcement (or perhaps just IBM made an announcement) regarding the manufacture of Micron’s Hybrid Memory Cube. There are varying reports and I cannot find the original statements on either company’s Web … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: How Xilinx developed a 2.5D strategy for making the world’s largest FPGA and what the company might do next with the technology

Two weeks ago, I moderated a 3D IC panel at the 9th International SoC Conference in Newport Beach, California. Last week, I wrote about the first two speakers. (See “3D Thursday: Where can you start with 3D?” and “3D Thursday: … Continue reading

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3D Thursday (early): Steve’s Improbable History of 3D ICs? Six decades of 3D electronic packaging

Last week at the 9th International SoC Conference in Newport Beach, I moderated a 3D IC panel that did a great job of exploring today’s state of the art for 3D IC development. I will be blogging the presentations made … Continue reading

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Generation-jumping 2.5D Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T FPGA delivers 1,954,560 logic cells using 6.8 BILLION transistors (PREVIEW!)

Xilinx announced today that it is shipping Virtex-7 2000T FPGAs to customers. This is one monster FPGA. Its 6.8 billion transistors deliver 1,954,560 logic cells, 21.55 Mbits of distributed SRAM, 2160 DSP slices, 46,512Kbits of block RAM, four PCIe ports, … Continue reading

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Want to know more about the Micron Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC)? How about its terabit/sec data rate?

Last week, I quoted Ann Steffora Mutschler’s article about the information that Micron has revealed about it’s 3D Hybrid Memory Cube. Now that I’ve got the paper Micron presented at last week’s Hot Chips 23 conference, I’d like to explain … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Micron’s 3D Hybrid Memory Cube delivers more DRAM bandwidth at lower power and in a smaller form factor using TSVs

Ann Steffora Mutschler’s interview with Scott Graham, general manager for Micron’s Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and Joe Jeddeloh, whose team developed the logic portion of the HMC alerted me to the existence of Micron’s new Hybrid Memory Cube, a 3D … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: IMEC prototypes 3D chip stack, finds some thermal surprises

Imec and several of its 3D integration partners (Globalfoundries, Intel, Micron, Panasonic, Samsung, TSMC, Fujitsu, Sony, Amkor, and Qualcomm) have fabricated a 3-chip 3D IC stack demonstration prototype with the intent of proving several assembly methods plus electrical characteristics and … Continue reading

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Cadence collaboration produces TSMC Reference Flow 12.0 and Analog-Mixed-Signal (AMS) Reference Flow v2.0 for 28nm including ESL and 3D TSV DFT support

Today’s the first day of DAC and Cadence is sponsoring a 20nm development panel and lunch at the Omni Hotel adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. At the same time, Cadence and TSMC have been cooperating on the TSMC … Continue reading

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