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Bridging IC Design, Manufacturing, And In-Field Reliability


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about silicon lifecycle management and how that can potentially glue together design, manufacturing, and devices in the field, with Prashant Goteti, principal engineer at Intel; Rob Aitken, R&D fellow at Arm; Zoe Conroy, principal hardware engineer at Cisco; Subhasish Mitra, professor of electrical engineering and computer sci... » read more

Lots Of Data, But Uncertainty About What To Do With It


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about silicon lifecycle management in heterogeneous designs, where sensors produce a flood of data, with Prashant Goteti, principal engineer at Intel; Rob Aitken, R&D fellow at Arm; Zoe Conroy, principal hardware engineer at Cisco; Subhasish Mitra, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University... » read more

Research Bits: April 26


Photonic quantum computers Researchers from Stanford University propose a simpler design method for photonic quantum computers. The proposed design uses a laser to manipulate a single atom that, in turn, can modify the state of the photons via a phenomenon called “quantum teleportation.” The atom can be reset and reused for many quantum gates, eliminating the need to build multiple distinc... » read more

Academic Research Paper Round-Up: April 13


The volume of research into advanced semiconductors is rising and widening. The latest batch includes hybrid power-gating architecture, RRAM devices models, improved FMEA, quantum machine learning, enhanced nonlinear optics, harvesting energy after sundown, direct chemisorption-assisted nanotransfer printing, and more. Topping the list of researchers this week are ETH Zurich, Stanford Unive... » read more

Silicon Lifecycle Management’s Growing Impact On IC Reliability


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about silicon lifecycle management, how it's expanding and changing, and where the problems are, with Prashant Goteti, principal engineer at Intel; Rob Aitken, R&D fellow at Arm; Zoe Conroy, principal hardware engineer at Cisco; Subhasish Mitra, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University; a... » read more

Planning EDA’s Next Steps


Anirudh Devgan, Cadence's new CEO, and the recipient of the Phil Kaufman Award in December, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about what's next in EDA, the underlying technology and business challenges and changes, and new markets that are unfolding for floor-planning, verification, CFD, and advanced packaging. SE: Where does EDA need to improve? Devgan: We have made it much... » read more

Pinpointing the Dominant Component of Contact Resistance to Atomically Thin Semiconductors


Abstract "Achieving good electrical contacts is one of the major challenges in realizing devices based on atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors. Several studies have examined this hurdle, but a universal understanding of the contact resistance and an underlying approach to its reduction are currently lacking. In this work we expose the shortcomings of the classical contact resist... » read more

2D Semiconductors Make Progress, But Slowly


Researchers are looking at a variety of new materials at future nodes, but progress remains slow. In recent years, 2D semiconductors have emerged as a leading potential solution to the problem of channel control in highly scaled transistors. As devices shrink, the channel thickness should shrink proportionally. Otherwise, the gate capacitance won’t be large enough to control the flow of cu... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 24


Flexible, low power phase-change memory Engineers at Stanford University created a flexible phase-change memory. The non-volatile phase-change memory device is made up of germanium, antimony, and tellurium (GST) between two metal electrodes. 1s and 0s represent measurements of electrical resistance in the GST material. “A typical phase-change memory device can store two states of resis... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 16


Light-emitting memory Researchers from Kyushu University and National Taiwan Normal University propose a 'light-emitting memory' based on a perovskite that can simultaneously store and visually transmit data. The team used the idea in conjunction with resistive RAM (RRAM), in which states of high and low resistance represent ones and zeros. "The electrical measurements needed to check the r... » read more

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