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3D Thursday: Will water cooling for 3D IC assemblies ever be practical?

Last week, Brian Bailey published an interview with Professor Madhavan Swaminathan who is the Director of the Interconnect and Packaging Center (IPC) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The topic of the interview was cooling of 3D IC devices. It’s no … Continue reading

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Can 1000 processors dance on the head of a pin? MIT’s Professor Srini Devadas hopes so

Veteran EDA industry watcher Peggy Aycinena visited MIT recently and spoke with Professor Srini Devadas about a manycore processor project called “Angstrom.” The purpose of the project is to develop massively parallel hardware—as in 1024 processors—to explore better ways of … Continue reading

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Hear IBM’s Dr. Gary Patton on the future of silicon scaling…and beyond. (Audio from The Common Technology Platform Forum keynote)

Earlier this year, Dr. Gary Patton, Vice President of IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center, spoke about the future of semiconductor scaling and beyond. It was a terrific keynote speech at the Common Platform Technology Forum and was similar to … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: ARM, HP, and SK hynix join Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC)

Add ARM, HP, and SK hynix to the growing list of companies in the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC). The three new members join the original founding companies, Micron and Samsung, along with Altera, IBM, Microsoft, Open-Silicon, and Xilinx plus … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: The “King of 3D ICs” (Herb Reiter) speaks to his subjects—“Learn to work together”

Mr. 3D IC—aka Herb Reiter—spoke to an attentive group of packaging experts about the state of 3D IC technical and business development today at a MEPTEC luncheon held at the “luxurious” Biltmore Hotel in cental Silicon Valley. I’ve written about … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: My breakfast with IBM’s Gary Patton leads to a discussion of 20nm and 14nm IC design

Yesterday I moderated a panel on 2(x)nm success at DAC and one of the panelists was Dr. Gary Patton, VP of IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center in East Fishkill, NY. I’ve heard Dr. Patton speak before and he knows … Continue reading

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Beyond breakfast: An ethical bribe for attending “The Path to Yielding at 2(x)nm and Beyond” at DAC

Yesterday, I wrote about a terrific discussion panel about the challenges of 20nm design at DAC. I am moderating the panel and there will be speakers from the Common Platform partners including IBM, Samsung, GLOBALFOUNDRIES (just confirmed!), and Cadence. (See … 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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At DAC, take the path to successful 20nm design. The same path leads to breakfast. Wednesday, June 6

If you’ve been following along—or even if you haven’t—Cadence held three 20nm Webinars last week. Perhaps you have to see it in person before you believe it. Fair enough. Here’s your chance to hear first-hand how you can develop high-yielding … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: 3D IC success stories—a DAC panel. June 7

What better way to understand the realities of 3D IC assembly than to listen to the pioneers who have already taken the arrows so you won’t have to? That’s the topic of the upcoming DAC panel: “Is 3-D Ready for … Continue reading

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Three free Webinars answer your questions on 20nm SoC design. What questions do you have?

What can you reasonably expect to get from 20nm? What does it take to implement an ARM Cortex-A15 processor in 20nm? What might come between you and success at 20nm? How can you be more productive when creating 20nm designs? … Continue reading

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What are the challenges of EUV lithography and the issues surrounding double patterning? CDNLive! presentation provides details.

Richard Goering has just published an excellent blog post on double patterning for 20nm and 14nm process geometries in his blog Industry Insights. The post is based on a paper presented by IBM Distinguished Engineer Lars Liebman at the recent … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Micron to present Hybrid Memory Cube status at EDPS in Monterey, April 6—there’s a lot of news

I’ve already written many blog entries about the Micron Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC), a 3D stacked memory device that can deliver a theoretical DRAM bandwidth of 128Gbytes/sec to a host system using a 4-die stack of DRAM (NOT SDRAM) on … Continue reading

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Common Platform: Why do these companies (IBM, Samsung, GLOBALFOUNDRIES) collaborate?

Ana Hunter, Foundry Services VP at Samsung Semiconductor, had the honor of kicking off the Global Technology Forum in Silicon Valley. She decided to devote her short intro speech to answering the basic question about the Common Platform—a partnership among … Continue reading

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Want to know what’s going to happen at 20nm, 14nm, and beyond? A few answers from Frank Leu of Cadence

Last week at the Global Technology Forum held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, Cadence VP of R&D Frank Leu discussed the things we’ve learned about 20nm IC manufacturing, what we are learning about 14nm, and where … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Altera adds Avago MicroPOD optical interconnects to FPGA package to handle bidirectional 100Gbps Ethernet

This week at the Optical Fibre Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) in Los Angeles, Altera demonstrated a specially modified Stratix IV FPGA that handled bidirectional 100Gbps Ethernet (100GbE) traffic over a pair of IC-package-mounted Avago MicroPOD multi-lane optical transceivers. The … Continue reading

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By the numbers: 20nm (and 40nm, 32nm, 28nm, and 14nm) design to be discussed in technical detail at next week’s CDNLive! conference in Silicon Valley

There’s still time to register for CDNLive!, which is being held on March 13 and 14 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California so let me give you a few numbers to whet your appetite: 40nm, 32nm, 28nm, 20nm, … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Common Platform Technology Forum reveals program agenda, rolls into Silicon Valley on March 14

The Common Platform partners are IBM, Samsung, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES and their annual Technology Forum  rolls into Silicon Valley on March 14, so you have a couple of weeks to sign up. This short video from ChipEstimate.com gives you a good … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Three on 3D—papers from ISSCC

San Francisco Tech writer Rik Myslewski just published a long article on the UK’s “The Register” Web site covering three 3D papers given at last week’s ISSCC. The papers were presented by IBM (“3D system prototype of an eDRAM cache … Continue reading

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GSA Silicon Summit to highlight cutting-edge IC technologies: 3D IC assembly, FinFETs, and SOI. April 26, Silicon Valley

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is sponsoring a half-day event that will drill down into three of the leading-edge IC manufacturing technologies of the coming decade: 3D (and 2.5D) IC assembly, FinFETs (or Tri-gate FETs), and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates. The … Continue reading

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IBM to manufacture 32nm SOI chips with eDRAM in new GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8 (Malta, NY)

IBM is the first announced customer for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8 in Malta, NY. The companies plan to manufacture IBM’s 32nm SOI devices at the site using an SOI process technology. The new plant has already been facilitized with more than … Continue reading

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3D Thursday: Let’s end 2011 with a high-performance DRAM memory stack design. How would you improve it?

For the last 3D Thursday blog post of 2011in the EDA360 Insider, I thought I’d take a flight of fancy and try to put as many of this year’s 3D IC concepts as possible together to see what we might … 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 (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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3D Thursday: Feedback on last week’s blog post about 3M/IBM agreement to work on heat-conductive 3D assembly adhesives

Last Thursday, I wrote a blog entry on the agreement between IBM and 3M to develop advanced adhesives to aid in 3D die-stack assembly and heat removal. (See “3D Thursday: Can IBM and 3M really build a 3D, 100-chip stairway … Continue reading

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