The Week In Review: Manufacturing

About 150 to 200 employees from IBM’s chip unit will be dispatched to work at GlobalFoundries, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. GlobalFoundries said the arrangement is temporary, according to the report. GlobalFoundries is the leading candidate to buy IBM’s chip unit, which is apparently on the block. To date, however, GlobalFoundries and IBM have yet to make any announcements on the... » read more

Near-Threshold Computing

By Bhanu Kapoor There were two main contributing factors to power becoming a big problem ("The Power Wall") starting around the 65nm process technology. First, the fast-growing leakage component became as significant as the dynamic power. Second, the scaling of the supply voltage stopped around 1.1 volts. Process technology advances such as HKMG and 3D tri-gate transistors have enabled con... » read more