The wait is over for the latest edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). Finalized late last year, the ITRS is now available publicly at its website.
The roadmap extends all the way out to 2026 and forecasts a slowdown from a node change every two years to three years but a speedup in some memory technologies. Flash has already begun its accelerated development and is set to be joined by DRAM, which has been progressing much more slowly than it did during the 1980s and 1990s. And 3D technologies will help progress too.
As with previous recent editions, the ITRS has a section on design, which we will take a closer look at once we’ve had a chance to digest it. The slides from Andrew Kahng’s talk at the last ITRS meeting provide an overview of the newly available content. They include some dramatic revisions to expectations about power consumption, among other things.