Systems are made from transistors: UDSM technology creates new challenges for library and IC development

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Abstract

The progress of silicon process technology relentlessly marches on. Moore's law still holds, the number of transistors that can be integrated on an IC doubles approximately every 18 months. The inability of system designs to keep up with this ever increasing number of available transistors has been debated for a long time, many solutions have been proposed. Now, as 130 nm processes enter volume production, 90 nm yields first engineering samples, and 65 nm processes are being developed, the design productivity crisis is exacerbated by the fact that very difficult design challenges are inherent in Ultra-Deep Submicron (UDSM) technologies. They threaten the approach of abstracting technological features away at higher levels, thus endangering design productivity even more. This paper outlines current challenges, presents approaches to address them and proposes further areas for research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Euromicro Symposium on Digital System Design
Subtitle of host publicationArchitectures, Methods and Tools, DSD 2002
EditorsMartyn Edwards
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)0769517900, 9780769517902
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventEuromicro Symposium on Digital System Design, DSD 2002 - Dortmund, Germany
Duration: 4 Sep 20026 Sep 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings - Euromicro Symposium on Digital System Design: Architectures, Methods and Tools, DSD 2002

Conference

ConferenceEuromicro Symposium on Digital System Design, DSD 2002
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityDortmund
Period4/09/026/09/02

Keywords

  • Electronic design automation and methodology
  • Libraries
  • Logic design
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Moore's Law
  • Product development
  • Production
  • Productivity
  • Signal design
  • Silicon

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