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Sunday, August 10, 2014

#300 How to work around transistor scaling?

A theme that seems to dominate these days semiconductor electronics chatter  in variouspublications, conference presentations and informal discussions is focused on the futureof transistor scaling, or more accurately, on how to work around the need for scaling andstill keep on improving performance of logic ICs. In other words, scaling is no longer seen as a main technology driver. To many of you it doesn’t look like a big deal, but to the old-timers such as myself, who grew up with the notion that progress is synonymous with transistor scaling,  all this looks almost like a revolution.


Whether through innovative transistor architectures (see e.g blog #288) or new materials solutions, or most likely combination of these two elements, I have no doubts whatsoever that the solution(s) to this apparent deadlock will be found. It is just a matter of time (and needs, which means money).


A side note: It is my blog #300. A nice, even number with no consequences other than reminding me that I am in the "business" of semiconductor blogging for over 7 years now.


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