Technology scaling has provided the semiconductor industry a recipe to successfully meet the application demands for performance for over three decades. This computational capacity was further fueled by the success of circuit and architecture-level innovation, which provided performance improvement in each processor generation. However, future processor… (More)
Cell libraries determine the final density, performance, and power of most IC designs much as the construction materials determine the quality of a building. Nevertheless, the importance of libraries has often been a tertiary consideration in design projects-falling behind both design skill and tool quality. Choosing the right cell library for your project… (More)
Given the exponential increase of fabrication costs, the global recession and credit crunch, one may ask if Moore's Law is financially viable beyond 22nm node. Can we justify the return-of-investment (ROI) for continuous scaling beyond 22nm? Shall we consider other alternatives for integration, such as silicon-in-a-package (SiP) or 3D integrations?