Trend: Is it still in effect?
will be said in this website concerning miniaturization of
circuitry on silicon, but at
this point, a simple issue needs to be addressed. Everyone, when discussing
Moore's Trend, has focused on the transistor. They have argued in the past,
rightfully so, that of
all the various parts that make up a circuit, this particular
piece is at the heart of it. It plays a
critical role in the functionality of all digital products, and its size
is of critical importance.
In the last several years, a
change in transistor design has taken place.
This change has had a positive effect on dealing with short-channel
issues; however, it has allowed for a misleading alteration in how Moore's Trend is calculated.
bring what we are speaking of to light, a simple
question can be asked; a question that does not deal with the
transistor, but with the
"As of late, what has been happening to the change in the size of this part?"
They claim to be making the transistor at 12nm. Are they also
making the interconnects on the same scale? Or are the vias
changing at a very different rate from that of the
transistor? At one time, the change in the size of the transistor and
the via where in lockstep.
We believe that focusing on the via gives a better indicator of
where the industry stands in this manufacturing trend than the size claims on
the newest version of the transistor.