PDK enables photonics prototyping on MPW runs and compatibility with volume production at STMicroelectronics at Crolles.
Deal quashes rumors that Altera was about to move its cutting edge production back to TSMC, but nor does it appear to be 'exclusive' for 3D products.
Research projects to verify methodologies, address third-party integration challenges and add a low-cost interposer-like technology to the 3D-IC family make their mark.
Stacked 3D-IC memory-on-logic is on the packaging company's roadmap, but there are still yield hurdles to scale at the MEOL.
The chip industry faces problems as foundries and the packaging industry compete over 3D technologies. If resolved, it could mean a new dawn in ASIC design.
3D-IC integration techniques such as the use of TSVs, die stacking and interposers are unlikely to limit performance, according to research from TSMC and IBM
At the SNUG event this week, Synopsys is taking the wraps off its plans to support 3DIC, with updates to tools for physical design and verification.
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