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TSMC: Moore's Law can be extended to 0.1 nm. The existing process definition has become a marketing game.

via:博客园     time:2019/9/18 17:01:31     readed:102

Author: Xianrui

Moore's Law is the golden rule of the semiconductor industry, which has guided the development of the industry for more than 50 years. It is Gordon, one of the co-founders of Intel.TSMC has been talking about the development of Moore's law recently.

At the Scientific and technological Innovation Forum, which opened today, Huang Hansen, head of research and development at TSMC and deputy general manager of technology research, once again expressed his view that Moore's Law will continue to exist, and that as transistors are denser, they will be more cost-effective, and not only logic chips, memory, flash chips will also benefit from Moore's Law.

At the Hotchips conference in August this year,Huang Hansen already had a similar view. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can push the semiconductor process to 1.2 nm scale and eventually reach 0.1 nm scale, which is equivalent to the size of hydrogen atoms.

Although Moore's Law will remain in force in the future,But at this meeting, Huang Hansen also mentioned that the XXnm statement, which now describes the level of the process, is no longer scientific.Because it is not absolutely related to the transistor gate.The process node has become a marketing game.(Note: TSMC has finally admitted this), it has nothing to do with the characteristics of technology itself.

Since the current gate width definition can not accurately describe the core of semiconductor process such as 5nm, he suggests that new indicators should be used to measure the progress of semiconductor process. In the future, the process can be miniaturized to the 0.1nm level, which is equivalent to the size of hydrogen atoms. The current process definition can no longer reflect the real level of technology. Hydrogen atomic level miniaturization is innovation, and many innovations are unpredictable.

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