GlobalFoundries is calling for imports of chips fabbed by TSMC into the US and Germany in multiple actions based on a list of 16 patents.
Graphcore has licensed IP from Belgium-based Sofics to protect its Colossus GC2 processors from ESD.
GlobalFoundries has decided to put development of its 7nm process on the backburner and focus on its existing finFET and FD-SOI processes.
Foundries have taken aim at standard-cell track height and design-rule tweaks to try to improve the area efficiency and performance of derivative finFET processes.
Samsung Electronics expects to increase savings on die area in the shift from its 10nm to 7nm node by applying both EUV for critical layers and several layout-focused process changes.
Researchers from the UC Berkeley and Intel teamed up to develop an energy-tuneable RF front-end on a digital finFET process with no need for analog process options.
The circuits sessions at mid-June's VLSI Symposia in Honolulu feature a number of papers that improve the performance of scaled mixed-signal processes.
Samsung Electronics will describe at the upcoming VLSI Symposia how its engineers have applied EUV to a variety of layers in a 7nm finFET process.
Cadence Design Systems has made enhancements to its Virtuoso mixed-signal layout tool at both the system-level and nanometer-design levels for its 18.1 release.
As geometries have shrunk, layout-dependent effects in CMOS have become ever more problematic. They are not just popping up in performance but reliability and aging effects as one IEDM presentation showed.
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