The Crucial Role Of High-Performance Computing In 2024: Balancing Cost And Innovation


We live in a world where digital queries run the Information Superhighway and in turn, our lives. This means that the importance of High-Performance Computing (HPC) cannot be overstated. The technology behind this continues to be a cornerstone for advancing our world and improving productivity. To put it another way, can you imagine a day, a week, when you are not querying something? So, let... » read more

What Works Best For Chiplets


The semiconductor industry is preparing for the migration from proprietary chiplet-based systems to a more open chiplet ecosystem, in which chiplets fabricated by different companies of various technologies and device nodes can be integrated in a single package with acceptable yield. To make this work as expected, the chip industry will have to solve a variety of well-documented technical an... » read more

Advanced Packaging Design For Heterogeneous Integration


As device scaling slows down, a key system functional integration technology is emerging: heterogeneous integration (HI). It leverages advanced packaging technology to achieve higher functional density and lower cost per function. With the continuous development of major semiconductor applications such as AI HPC, edge AI and autonomous electrical vehicles, traditional chips are transforming i... » read more

Integrating Energy Efficiency Considerations Into Your Design From The Beginning


Data center networking is responsible for consuming about 1% of the global electricity supply. With the advent and integration of AI into various sectors, the pressure on both hardware and software infrastructures, necessitated by neural networks and extensive language models, is expected to increase significantly. The burgeoning energy consumption by hyperscale data centers emerges as an ur... » read more

Photonics: The Former And Future Solution


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about where photonics is in the hype cycle and its secure role in data centers, with James Pond, fellow at Ansys; Gilles Lamant, distinguished engineer at Cadence; and Mitch Heins, business development manager for photonic solutions at Synopsys. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. [L-R]: Ansys’ Pond, Cadence�... » read more

2.5D Integration: Big Chip Or Small PCB?


Defining whether a 2.5D device is a printed circuit board shrunk down to fit into a package, or is a chip that extends beyond the limits of a single die, may seem like hair-splitting semantics, but it can have significant consequences for the overall success of a design. Planar chips always have been limited by size of the reticle, which is about 858mm2. Beyond that, yield issues make the si... » read more

Getting Optimal PPA For HPC & AI Applications With Foundation IP


By Andrew Appleby, Xiaorui Hu, and Bhavana Chaurasia The demand for application-specific system-on-chips (SoCs) for compute applications is ever-increasing. Today, the diversity of requirements means there is a need for a rich set of compute solutions in a wide range of process technologies. The resulting products may have very different but demanding power, performance, and area (PPA) requi... » read more

2023: A Good Year For Semiconductors


Looking back, 2023 has had more than its fair share of surprises, but who were the winners and losers? The good news is that by the end of the year, almost everyone was happy. That is not how we exited 2022, where there was overcapacity, inventories had built up in many parts of the industry, and few sectors — apart from data centers — were seeing much growth. The supposed new leaders we... » read more

The Journey To Exascale Computing And Beyond


High performance computing witnessed one of its most ambitious leaps forward with the development of the US supercomputer “Frontier.” As Scott Atchley from Oak Ridge National Laboratory discussed at Supercomputing 23 (SC23) in Denver last month, the Frontier had the ambitious goal of achieving performance levels 1000 times higher than the petascale systems that preceded it, while also stayi... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review


By Jesse Allen, Karen Heyman, and Liz Allan Japan's Rapidus and the University of Tokyo are teaming up with France's Leti to meet its previously announced mass production goal of 2nm chips by 2027, and chips in the 1nm range in the 2030s. Rapidus was formed in 2022 with the support of eight Japanese companies — Sony, Kioxia, Denso, NEC, NTT, SoftBank, Toyota, and Mitsubishi's banking arm, ... » read more

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