The Evolution Of EUV


EUV systems are beginning to ship to large foundries in volume, setting the stage for one of the biggest leaps in technology the semiconductor industry has ever witnessed. ASML has emerged as the sole supplier in this market, but it has taken an entire ecosystem to develop EUV. It has taken billions of dollars of investment by ASML, along with enormous cash infusions by Intel and TSMC, contr... » read more

Morphing Moore’s Law


In 1965, Gordon Moore defined a timetable for doubling the number of transistors on a piece of silicon every two years. The law, as he originally defined it, is now hopelessly outdated. Any attempts to apply it to the most advanced chips today are a stretch at best, and complete fiction at worst. No one is on a two-year cadence between process nodes anymore—not even Intel. In fact, no one ... » read more

First Look: 5nm


By the time the 5nm semiconductor manufacturing process node reaches mass production readiness, the hurdles and challenges will no longer be open for discussion. But as of this moment, some of them seem almost insurmountable, raising new questions about the continued viability of Moore's Law. There has been much written about the end of [getkc id="74" comment="Moore's Law"] for nearly two de... » read more