Going Vertical

Ecosystem for Interposer-based Design?

by Kevin Morris

We’ve talked a lot lately in these pages about the impending demise of Moore’s Law. Consensus is that, somewhere around the half-century mark, one of the most astounding prophecies in human history will have finally run its course. Next year, we’ll have a round of FinFET devices that will be so exotic and expensive that only a handful of companies will be able to use them. In the decade that follows, we may or may not reach 10nm and 7nm production - using either esoteric unlikelies like EUV or extreme-brute-force multi-patterning techniques - to solve just some of the multitude of barriers to continued downscaling.

Sci-fi techniques like carbon nanotubes, graphene-based devices, quantum computing, and that other-one-you-read-about are so far from production practicality that we may not see any of them in widespread use in our lifetimes. While incredible research shows great promise for many of these ideas, they are all back in the silicon-equivalent of the early 1960s in their evolution. The time and engineering it will take them to catch up with and eventually surpass what we can do with silicon today is substantial.  Read More


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A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/12/14 at 5:09 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
It sounds like, for the most part, you're taking issue with the electret. If a different harvester were used with the same PMIC (assuming voltage compatibility), would that address the concerns?

While I don't want to speak entirely on Imec's behalf, my…

A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/11/14 at 2:04 PM by EnergyHarvesting

Not fully MEMS–

While the electret is MEMS, the resonant springs are far less sophisticated. These springs are relatively large/meso-scale and metal (as you would find in a hardware store). They do allow for low resonant frequencies < 100 Hz to be ob…

A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/11/14 at 11:23 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
How do you see this OMRON/Imec project comparing to other energy harvesting work being done?

Be a Better Programmer

Posted on 09/11/14 at 3:26 AM by Dick Selwood

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"Spend like a drunken sailor" If only. Anecdotal evidence is that even the few hundred dollars for Lint is too much. A Green Hills presentation at ESC some years ago, told of asking a programmer what would improve his life. He said a second screen for hi…

There’s a Processor in My FPGA!

Posted on 09/09/14 at 4:56 PM by joeg

One potential option that would address the "sub-optimal pairings" issue would be through the use of KGD and 2.5/3D technology. When you think about the tried and true two chip solution where design teams have high flexibility integrating their choice of …

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