System Bits: June 25


Supercomputers around the world At last week’s International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, the 53rd biannual list of the Top500 of the most powerful computing systems in the world was released. Broken out by countries of installation, China has 219 of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers, compared with 116 in the United States. Ranking by percent of list flops, the ... » read more

Copy-Row DRAM (CROW) : Substrate for Improving DRAM


Source/Credit: ETH Zurich & Carnegie Mellon University Click here for the technical paper and here for the power point slides » read more

Falling Chip Forecasts


It’s time to take a pulse of the semiconductor market amid the memory downturn and trade frictions with China. For some time, the DRAM and NAND markets have been hit hard with falling prices and oversupply. Then, the Trump administration last year slapped tariffs on Chinese goods. China retaliated. And the trade war rages on between the U.S. and China. More recently, the U.S. Department... » read more

What’s Next In Advanced Packaging


Packaging houses are readying the next wave of advanced IC packages, hoping to gain a bigger foothold in the race to develop next-generation chip designs. At a recent event, ASE, Leti/STMicroelectronics, TSMC and others described some of their new and advanced IC packaging technologies, which involve various product categories, such as 2.5D, 3D and fan-out. Some new packaging technologies ar... » read more

Playing Into China’s Hands


The fallout over blacklisting Huawei in particular, and China in general, has set the tone for a nasty global race. But it is almost certain to produce a different result than the proponents of a trade war are expecting. The idea behind tariffs and the blacklisting of Huawei is to starve China of vital technology. So far, the impact has been minimal. Reports from inside of China are equa... » read more

HBM2e Offers Solid Path For AI Accelerators


Today, AI processors are so blazingly fast that they’re constantly having to wait for data from memory. Unfortunately, with the status quo, memory is just not fast enough to unleash the true performance of those new and highly advancing AI processors. In simple terms, AI processor performance is rapidly growing, and memory is not keeping up. This creates a bottleneck, or what Rambus calls the... » read more

Memory Options And Tradeoffs


Steven Woo, Rambus fellow and distinguished inventor, talks with Semiconductor Engineering about different memory options, why some are better than others for certain tasks, and what the tradeoffs are between the different memory types and architectures.     Related Articles/Videos Memory Tradeoffs Intensify In AI, Automotive Applications Why choosing memories and archi... » read more

HBM2 Vs. GDDR6: Tradeoffs In DRAM


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about new DRAM options and considerations with Frank Ferro, senior director of product management at Rambus; Marc Greenberg, group director for product marketing at Cadence; Graham Allen, senior product marketing manager for DDR PHYs at Synopsys; and Tien Shiah, senior manager for memory marketing at Samsung Electronics. What follows are excerpts of th... » read more

Clean Focus, Dose And CD Metrology For CD Uniformity Improvement


Authors: Honggoo Leea, Sangjun Hana, Minhyung Honga, Seungyong Kima, Jieun Leea, DongYoung Leea, Eungryong Oha, Ahlin Choia, Nakyoon Kimb, John C. Robinsonc, Markus Mengelc, Pablo Rovirac, Sungchul Yooc, Raphael Getinc, Dongsub Choib, Sanghuck Jeonb aSK Hynix, 2091, Gyeongchung-daero, Bubal-eub, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 467-701, Korea bKLA-Tencor Korea, Starplaza bldg., 53 Metapolis-ro, Hwasung... » read more

Chiplet Momentum Builds, Despite Tradeoffs


Chip design is a series of tradeoffs. Some are technical, others are related to cost, competitive features or legal restrictions. But with the nascent 'chiplet' market, many of the established balance points are significantly altered, depending on market segments and ecosystem readiness. Chiplets provide an alternative mechanism for integrating intellectual property (IP) blocks into a semico... » read more

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