The new technology has been designed by IBM scientists to replace the traditional silicon material used in computer chip circuits
, which are just a few years away from halting innovation due to their physical makeup.
The new technology, named CMOS 9S, unites -- for the first time -- IBM innovations in copper wiring, silicon-on-insulator transistors and improved, "low-k dielectric" insulation to build chip circuits
as small as 0.
Ironically, this test, which intentionally passes a short electrical pulse through chip circuits
to simulate normal operational use, is intended only to detect whether newly fabricated chips are functional.
l) has developed technology that supports LSI design including a chip's package and PCB, along with chip circuits
, and electric power wiring by employing a signal measurement circuit inside the chip.
The EUV masks used for sub-22 nm patterning must be virtually free of defects to avoid transferring them onto chip circuits
- but current metrology tools are generally ineffective at finding defects below 32 nm.
The new technology, named CMOS 9S, unites, for the first time, IBM innovations in copper wiring, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) transistors and improved, "low-k dielectric" insulation to build chip circuits
as small as 0.
IBM has inserted the technology into its state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing line in East Fishkill, NY and will apply it to products with chip circuits
as small as 45 nanometers (billionths of a meter) starting in 2008.
Now, these complex chip circuits
simulate and converge quickly -- shortening design cycles and, in many cases, eliminating an entire design turn.