Strategies for Closing the ITRS Funding Gap
NATIONAL INST OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY GAITHERSBURG MD
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For over 35 years, each generation of integrated circuits ICs has doubled the transistor count while cutting the cost per function in half. This progress, described by Moores Law, has resulted primarily from scaling device dimensions and wafer size. In reality, Moores Law is not a law -- it is not based on physical principles and is thus not assured of continuation. For each generation, it works only if the cost per function can be reduced in the face of increasing process complexity. In light of the critical importance of continuing semiconductor progress, long-term funding is required for research related to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors ITRS. This is critical to extending Moores Law for another 15 years and beyond CMOS. In addition, the semiconductor industry needs to find creative ways to close the 1.1-1.5 billion research gap, first noted in 2003, between the funding being applied and the research needed to support the goals of the ITRS.
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