Using Less Power At The Same Node

By nileshthiagarajan

Excerpt from article: “Using Less Power At The Same Node

“GPUs and artificial intelligence do require the new nodes, but it is very expensive,” says Mohammed Fahad, consulting staff lead for synthesis solutions at Siemens EDA. “Not all companies can afford that. There are a lot of design companies still working on higher nodes such as 28nm. There are performance improvements when you move to advanced nodes in terms of speed, and there is a power reduction, but given the costs associated with that companies are trying to explore new avenues and other methods to reduce power.”

As fewer designs start on the new nodes, it creates a ripple effect through the industry. “We have seen a trend that started with the mobile phone industry and is now increasing across the industry,” says Rob Knoth, product management director in the Digital & Signoff Group at Cadence. “We see people who are either not jumping to the next node or have to stay on the current nodes because of IP availability or other reason.”

Read the entire article on SemiEngineering originally published on March 14th, 2019

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