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    by Published on 05-05-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Automotive
    Article: Can Japan Regain Semiconductor Leadership?-tesla-day-industry-stood-still.jpg

    Tesla Motors held an investor event at its Palo Alto headquarters. CEO Elon Musk and a series of Tesla executives announced a new in-house developed microprocessor (already in production and being deployed in Tesla vehicles) and its plans and progress toward autonomous vehicle operation.

    Tesla Autonomy Day Live Stream ...
    by Published on 05-02-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Events,
    3. FinFET
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    The use of hard masks instead of photoresist for the Extension implant is an effective way to optimize the amount of dopant that is retained along the fin sidewalls for those fins that border along photoresist edges (as discussed in Part 1 of this series).

    However, hard masks do nothing to address the dominant problem driving steeper implant angles, namely the increasing height of fins and the decreasing space between them. As illustrated in figure #1, the fins get taller and closer together at each new node.


    Figure #1
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    by Published on 04-29-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Events,
    4. FinFET
    Article: The New "Mobile Foundry" Era: Whose Wheelhouse?-figure-1.jpg

    The 3D character of FinFET transistor structures pose a range of unique fabrication problems that can make it challenging to get these devices to yield. This is especially true for the all-important Extension implant that is put in place just prior to the nitride spacer formation.

    The Extension implant is a central component of ...
    by Published on 04-26-2019 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. Mentor Graphics,
    5. Synopsys
    Article: Intel's x86 - Foundry Breakup Comes into View-eda-ceos.jpg

    Over the last six years EDA has experienced yet another disruption not unlike the Synopsys acquisition of Avant! in 2001 which positioned Synopsys for the EDA lead they still enjoy today. Or the hiring of famed venture capitalist Lip-Bu Tan in 2009 to be the CEO of ...
    by Published on 04-24-2019 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cliosoft,
    4. Dassault Systemes,
    5. Methodics
    Article: Intel and Altera Sign on for 14nm-eda-ip-managament-history.jpg

    As RTL design started to increase in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, it was becoming apparent that some amount of management was needed to keep track of all the design files and their associated versions. Because of the parallels to software development, design teams looked to the ...
    by Published on 04-24-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design
    Technology has turned into a control freak!-giraffe-min.jpg

    I recently had a call with Rob Dekker, Founder and CTO of Verific. If you’re in EDA or semiconductor CAD, chances are high that you know who they are. They’re king of the hill in parser software for SystemVerilog and VHDL. When you hear a line like that, you assume a heavy ...
    by Published on 04-21-2019 10:00 AM
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    2. Automotive,
    3. Security,
    4. 5G
    Article: Intel and Altera Sign on for 14nm-auto-shows-no-connection.jpg

    The Washington Auto Show, one of the largest auto shows in the U.S., has a problem and it is a problem shared by other auto shows in the U.S. and around the world. It is a problem that plagues the entire industry and it may spell trouble for connecting with car customers.

    I visited the Washington Auto Show last week. The event closed on Sunday. ...
    by Published on 04-17-2019 10:00 AM
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    2. Events
    Article: Intel and Altera Sign on for 14nm-tech-i-fig-19-dram-roadmap.jpg

    On the Sunday evening at IEDM last year, TechInsights held a reception in which Arabinda Das and Jeongdong Choe gave presentations that attracted a roomful of conference attendees.

    This is the second part of the review of Jeongdong's talk, we covered NAND flash technology in the last post. Jeongdong is a Senior Technical Fellow at TechInsights, and their subject-matter expert for memory technology. Before joining the company, he worked as a Team Lead in R&D for SK Hynix and Samsung advancing next-generation memory devices, so he knows whereof he speaks.
    ...
    by Published on 04-15-2019 10:00 AM
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    On the Sunday evening at IEDM last year, TechInsights held a reception in which Arabinda Das and Jeongdong Choe gave presentations that attracted a roomful of conference attendees. Arabinda was first up, giving a talk on the “10-year Journey of Apple’s iPhone and Innovations in Semiconductor Technology”, followed by Jeongdong discussing “Memory Process, Design and Architecture: Today and Tomorrow”.
    ...
    by Published on 04-15-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Wally Rhines
    Article: FinFET Design Challenges at 14nm and 10nm-wally-keynote-speech.jpg

    What started as blogs, or vignettes as Wally calls them, posted on SemiWiki is now a free PDF eBook. The journey starts with his school days at Stanford through 20+ years at TI and 24+ years at Mentor Graphics. Wally has traveled millions of miles meeting with every customer imaginable ...

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