Junko Yoshida, EETimes
5/5/2017 00:01 AM EDT
The semiconductor industry must, at last, outgrow its obsession with pitch shrinkage, and go creative with the "heterogeneous integration of different technologies" to push economic growth.
The Intel people might as well keep insisting that Moore’s Law isn’t dead, and that their 14-nm chip can pack more transistors than their rivals. That’s Intel being Intel, with a narrative that serves its purpose.
But this story doesn’t necessarily apply to other chip companies looking for a better valuation.
Node names have become meaningless. The death of Moore’s Law has been greatly exaggerated, leaving no clear alternative law for chip designers to believe and blindly follow.
The semiconductor industry must, at last, outgrow its obsession with pitch shrinkage, and go creative with the “heterogeneous integration of different technologies” to push economic growth, according to Nicky Lu, chairman, CEO and founder of Etron Technology.
In short, it’s time to stop using Moore’s Law as a security blanket.
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