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Technology-Model-Product Parallel Design for High Performance and Rapid Time to Market 65nm Technology-Generation Microprocessors

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18 Author(s)
L. R. Logan ; IBM Systems & Technology Group, 2070 Route 52, Hopewell Jct., NY, 12533, USA, ; B. J. Greene ; K. McStay ; Q. Liang
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Recently, 65 nm technology-based microprocessors have been introduced into high-end products such as games processors and high- performance servers [1]. As technology development in the modern-day relies more and more on non-traditional performance- leverage elements, there is an enhanced need to tighten the coupling between development, modeling, and design. We discuss the key challenges in the inter-related tasks of CMOS-technology development, early product engineering, and transition to full-volume manufacturing. In order to meet timely introduction to market, several key objectives must be pursued in a parallel fashion and must adhere to stringent timelines. The essence of this is the simultaneous development of (1) 65 nm process-technology (including continual process development geared towards minimization of variability) (2) highly accurate compact models and (3) product- design.

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2007 IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference

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11-12 June 2007