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The Impact Of Moore’s Law Ending

By Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

Over the past couple of process nodes the chip industry has come to grips with the fact that Moore’s Law is slowing down or ending for many market segments. What isn’t clear is what comes next, because even if chipmakers stay at older nodes they will face a series of new challenges that will drive up costs and increase design complexity.

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On the manufacturing side, the rising cost is evident in both the manufacturing processes and the equipment needed to make the chips. “The announcement from GlobalFoundries that it is stopping investment in the 7nm process node is one of the key indicators that Moore’s Law is truly dead,” says Sergio Marchese, technical marketing manager for OneSpin Solutions. “It’s just getting too hard and too expensive.”

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