The Economics Of Moore’s Law

By Marc Heyns I’m very optimistic about the continuation of Moore’s Law. But in saying that, I’m speaking about Moore’s Law purely as an economic law. I believe we’ll be able to offer increasing amounts of functionality at lower and lower costs. And technological innovations as well as advances in design and application will be crucial in realizing this. But I don’t believe a ne... » read more

The Internet Of Power Also Benefits From Moore’s Law

By Jef Poortmans It may sound strange, but striving to achieve smaller dimensions with Moore’s Law is an important enabler for producing increasingly better solar cells, with a more elaborate technology toolbox (including ALD, epitaxy, etc.) Improved process steps are constantly being developed to achieve these small transistor dimensions (for growing material layers or to etch away str... » read more

Betting On Wright’s Law

By Paul Heremans Most people know Moore’s Law as "the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years." That interpretation was the consequence of economic considerations. Moore predicted that "the number of transistors on a chip will rise exponentially if the surface area stays the same, because that way the cost per unit of computing power for integrated transistors will decrease... » read more

Design Techniques Are Helping To Keep Moore’s Law Alive Longer

By Francky Catthoor Moore's Law means that electronic products can constantly be produced more cheaply, faster and more economically. Down to 45nm, this was due mainly to the technology that made it possible to reduce the size of transistors. Now things are becoming more difficult. But even if we are not able to achieve these gains through the further scaling of transistors as the result ... » read more

We Must Teach Chips To Feel Pain

By Guido Groeseneken When I was a doctorate student in the 1980s there was lots of wild speculation about Moore’s Law: give it another 10 years and transistors will stop getting smaller, they were saying back then. But in the end, the creativity of engineers turned out to be greater than the pessimism of the forecasters. Yet today I believe that we are close to the end of Moore’s Law.... » read more

Reticle Inspection And Metrology

Pattern defects and contamination on a reticle can cause yield issues in every die of every wafer printed. We take it for granted today, but it started out with people looking through a microscope and manually scrolling back and forth looking for defects on photomasks that originally were hand cut, and later on made by machines. Fast forward to the present and we're able to find the equivale... » read more