Design Challenges at 22nm Article

Article: 22nm Design Challenges at ISSCC 2011
By: David Kanter (dkanter.delete@this.realworldtech.com), March 14, 2011 8:06 pm
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Dean Calver (deano@cloudpixies.com) on 3/14/11 wrote:
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>The implication that chip design will need to become more >aware of the physical
>processes of fabrication, seems to require a change in >knowledge and education base of the designers.

For some designers it's not an issue. If they understand the physics, they will know the implications and be able to adjust.

However, if they are looking from the perspective of viewing the chip as a perfect digital device that is represented by the RTL and software models...then they are in for a bit of a surprise.

>I wonder if that will start to bottleneck actual chip >production and release schedules?

I think what we'll end up seeing is that companies with the necessary expertise will be the first to new nodes, since they are able to handle the greater uncertainty and complexity. Companies that don't have the same skill set will probably tend to hang back a bit and wait for the process to mature to the point that they are comfortable and can take a more 'digital logic' view.

So I can definitely see an impact on release schedules, but hopefully not a big one for most companies.

David
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