7nm

Joint program puts “cognitive” in chip manufacturing

Computer chips can fail in countless ways, from countless sources in the manufacturing process. Even with terabytes of sensor data pouring from the manufacturing equipment used to make them, there are still semiconductor lemons, depressing wafer yield, performance and reliability, which drives up manufacturing and speculative maintenance intervention costs. IBM and Tokyo Electron Limited (TELTM) […]

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IBM at SPIE: Seven Advancements for Beyond 7nm Chips

When we announced the industry’s first functional 7 nanometer node (7nm) test chips in 2015, with our GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung partners, we knew the process for the chips to reach “manufacturing maturity” – perhaps as early as next year, would be rapid. As that effort accelerates in the semiconductor industry, IBM continues to push the […]

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Advancing toward 7nm

This is the fourth of a four-part series about IBM featured papers at IEDM 2016. The annual International Electron Devices Meeting is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling.” So IBM researchers brought their scanning probe thermometer, their air spacer for […]

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Material innovation key to 7nm and beyond

As our semiconductor research team in Albany, NY continues to scale CMOS technology towards future nodes – to 10nm, 7nm, and beyond – the transistor channel resistance that determines current flow, and how we connect to it, continues to play an increasingly significant role in a chip’s overall performance. So in order to ensure the […]

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Advancing semiconductor tech, one nanometer at a time

Dr. Griselda Bonilla is the senior manager of the Advanced BEOL Interconnect Technology team at IBM Research, responsible for delivering innovative solutions that advance IBM’s industry-leading, on-chip interconnect (BEOL) technologies. We sat down with her before her team gave two talks at the IITC/AMC Conference in San Jose, California this week. First off, tell us […]

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