Archive for the ‘Semiconductors’ Category
Just stumbled on a nice video tour of Intel’s D1D Fab in Oregon, where the 45nm process is being ramped up. The guide is Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow and director of the Technology and Manufacturing Group. The video can be found here, and here you can find a little fact sheet by the video’s author.
Just happened to stumble on Gordon Moore’s speech slides at 2003 ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) while reading an interview with Shekhar Borkar, an Intel Fellow, on Intel Technology Magazine. The interview (in 3 parts) gives a good overview of what are the current challenges that semiconductor companies are facing to further delay the time when Moore’s exponential will no longer hold. Since this is an exponential law, as time goes by the difficulty to make it happen grows exponentially as well. That’s why a lot of new techniques and paradigm changes are necessary in order to continue improving the performance and power consumption of new chips (and not just microprocessors).
Particularly interesting is the 2nd part of the interview with Shekhar Borkar, where some of the current techniques are detailed that are currently used to reduce power consumption and provide higher performance at a lower power cost.
[Update June 2007: I just realized the link to the interview on Intel's website are broken. The interview title was "Designing for power-The future of Moore's Law" and I can't seem to find it on another page. Will update this posting if I find it.]