Over the years, Moore's Law has boosted production capacity and has also driven the amazing growth of the semiconductor industry. This drive has created ultra-fast digital processors, broadband enhancements, and large-capacity memory, resulting in significant productivity gains for personal computers, mobile phones, and applications that require large amounts of data and storage.
However, the economics and social advancement of the IC industry is revolutionizing the semiconductor industry. The semiconductor industry is facing a double challenge: on the one hand, the cost of developing SoCs using advanced CMOS technology is skyrocketing; on the other hand, the continued shrinking of size will push Moore's Law to the end. As a result, MorethanMoore was born in the semiconductor industry, surpassing Moore's Law (or New Moore's Law), that is, the development of chips is to pursue the decline of power consumption and the improvement of comprehensive functions, and actually turn to more pragmatic to meet the needs of the market. On some new platforms, such as Apple's iPhone, Nintendo's Wii and other platforms, its core processor and application processor performance is far less than multi-core CPU, but its diverse and interesting applications, but I am fascinated by millions of millions of users around the world.
At the same time, the added value that consumers demand is no longer a more productive consumer electronic device, but a new type of smart product; the global aging trend brings demand for medical equipment and food safety; the promotion of environmental awareness requires intelligence â€œGreenâ€ solutions; in the transportation sector, IC innovation ensures safety, overcomes traffic congestion, and provides real-time information, entertainment and services to people on the road... these applications, as well as many other applications, are often integrated CMOS technology and the "new Moore's Law" technology achieved - "new Moore" mixed signals including analog technology, ultra-high pressure and low power consumption. The transition to multi-technology devices will also impact design and architectural approaches, modeling and features, and system architecture. Ultimately, the existing joint R&D model will change and a new ecosystem will emerge.
So Moore's Law, which dominates semiconductor process technology for decades, will only be used in limited high-capacity areas. However, if the limit of volume or economic feasibility is reached, it is when Moore's Law disappears. Tomorrow, the end of Moore's Law is likely to be at 16 nanometers, that is, around 2016~2018. It can be understood that even if the size can be reduced (technically feasible), the economic cost is too high, naturally. It is rarely used. But the semiconductor industry at any time, reduce power consumption, reduce costs and improve function always right. Therefore, the new Moore's Law may be more applicable in this era, because for the customer, it does not care about how many nanometers in the chip.
Looking back, the financial crisis did not delay the development of semiconductors, but it changed the pattern of the industry, some integration, and some bankruptcy, regardless of large and small companies have to reduce costs, save money, and the amount of investment is relatively reduced. At present, the entire semiconductor industry is exploring two roads: one is to continue to reduce the size of traditional scaling, or MoreMoore, the latter Moore's Law, focusing on power consumption reduction and cost-effectiveness. In particular, the development of new materials will make the industry more innovative and develop towards smaller size and higher density, and New Moore's Law MorethanMoore is promoting the development of CMOS technology.
Figure 1 Development path of semiconductor technology
Opportunities and innovations in the era of the new Moore's Law
Mei Runping, Senior Marketing Director of Greater China, NXP Semiconductors Multi-Market Semiconductor Division, said: "Innovation is always a must for semiconductor companies. But while we are actively innovating, we must abandon the cost and capacity constraints and pursue the limits. The speed approach. Only in this way can we develop more effective technologies to achieve the ultimate goal of providing consumers with a better life experience. The new Moore's Law reflects the development trend of focusing on the integration of multiple technologies by focusing only on CMOS. The shift in focus has not only provided semiconductor manufacturers with new ways of development, but also promoted the development of an innovative business model that has received much attention.â€ He also explained how the new Moore's Law is combined with Moore's Law, as shown in Figure 2. In an intelligent system, the processor storage design belongs to the category of Moore's Law, and will continue to develop in a smaller and stronger direction. However, in the design of the entire chip, it is also necessary to consider integrated radio, power, sensor and other modules. The product is a high-value intelligent system.
Figure 2 Moore's Law combined with the new Moore's Law
At the same time, Yu Zhongyu, chairman of the China Semiconductor Industry Association, believes that the integration of information technology and industrialization has brought new opportunities to IC. The application of IC products in industrialization is becoming more and more extensive and extensive.
The integration of automotive electronics, industrial electronics, medical electronics and the Internet of Things, he believes that the semiconductor industry will develop along Moore's Law but the proportion of morethanmoore is also increasing.
Many applications in the electronics market, such as RF devices, power management subsystems, passive components, biochips, sensors, actuators, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in semiconductors
The product is playing an equally important role. Integrate various analog functions into CMOS-based features to optimize their cost and provide a value-added solution for the system
A diverse technology is MorethanMoore.
â€œI am very optimistic about the 'interface' technology of many real analog worlds, where analog/mixed-signal technology, high-voltage technology, optoelectronic technology and MEMS/sensors will be full of opportunities.
"X-FAB Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Thomas Hartung said. "Our mission and service is to help system and chip designers achieve their innovation and creativity, for which we can
Provide a comprehensive process design kit including accurate models, fast, convenient and flexible foundry services, product lifecycle management and supply chain management. â€
Green energy saving application
Today, with the shortage of energy and global warming, governments are vigorously advocating sustainable development and have put forward various environmental protection directives. At the same time, environmental awareness has also become consumption
The consensus is that they are paying more and more attention to small size, multi-function, energy saving and other issues.
NXP's GreenChip family of products is a successful example that not only meets the EnergyStar specification, but also reduces power supply losses by one-half. The product combination
Optimized architecture and design, combined with special semiconductor technology, from the full power to the standby mode, are equally energy efficient. The feature of Moore's Law is to integrate many functions into
A single IC, but it does not apply here. NXP uses different IC technologies to achieve optimized overall performance: integrating high voltage devices with major controllers and power factor corrections,
The interface is equipped with a high-density, high-speed, low-voltage control intelligent interface. Finally, the output controller uses low to medium voltage technology to control the synchronous rectifier under conditions of two high voltage currents.
At present, LED lighting, which is known as a green light source, is another hotspot technology that has been widely concerned by the industry. It is expected that after 2010, LEDs will be more and more widely applied to indoor lighting, street lighting,
New applications such as clothing decoration.
NXP, which has been working in the lighting industry for many years, has also introduced innovative solutions that combine sensor technology, control technology, wireless technology and advanced interfaces.
It can provide a completely different lighting experience, including LED flash for mobile applications and LED backlight dimming technology for LCD TVs, which can save more than 50% energy.
Ultra low power technology for medical applications
Medical electronics is one of the fastest growing areas of semiconductors. NXP's ultra-low power solutions are based on magnetic induction radio technology and CoolFluxDSP to support the latest hearing aid products
. The chip supports data rates up to 298 kbps and features two-way communication for new applications such as stereo audio streaming and binaural processing. The hub can be used as an MP3 player or
The mobile phone is equipped with a wireless connection to easily connect to the hearing aid. In addition, short-range (less than 50 cm) magnetic induction radio signals can save more energy than radio frequency signals;
When the body is organized, the reduction in signal strength is also quite limited. Magnetic induction radio signals interact with human tissue much less than traditional RF signals, thus reducing the risk of tissue damage.
Other ultra-low-power medical applications include in-vivo sensors that monitor vital functions, nerve stimulation and pain management applications, and heart rate management devices. All of the above are new Moore's Law
Improve the quality of life, not just a successful example of speeding up life.
The MEMS market has emerged as a result of the introduction of solid state pressure sensors, inertial sensors, infrared sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes and biochips in many industries.
Developed as they work with other electronic systems to create new applications. Since the manufacturing technology of MEMS devices is similar to that of integrated circuits, X-FAB can synergistically utilize these two technologies and their on-mode
Advantages of the experience of the proposed/mixed signal foundry process. This ensures that X-FAB can provide the same high quality organization, procurement and experience in high volume manufacturing in MEMS technology as CMOS processes.
Optimistic and cautious
How will the industry develop in 2010? Is the current recovery permanent or temporary? Multiple signs indicate that the industry is in a recovery phase, but it is still very fragile, possibly
Closely related to the global economy. Although 2010 will be a challenging year, it is believed that for innovative companies, opportunities and challenges coexist. Continuous investment in research and development and emerging
The development of the market will certainly help the future. In contrast to the past financial turmoil, continuous research and development for companies is a key means of rapid recovery from crisis.
Whether it is an advanced CMOS system single chip or future application of new Moore's Law technology, innovation will continue to promote the semiconductor industry, so the challenge now is the cause
Take the economic reality that has already changed and adopt your own innovative strategy.
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