Arm: we do not care that Moore’s Law is dead

Sep

18

2018

The semiconductor industry is having a harder time and it is true that Moore’s Law is over, chip designer Arm admits, but the company indicates that this is not enough to give because there is still enough room for innovation.

The stretch is a bit out of CMOS semiconductor technology, according to Mike Muller , co-founder and Cto of Arm at the Arm Research Summit, which takes place in Cambridge. ” Moore’s law slows down , Moore’s Law is dead, Moore’s Law is over, it’s true, whatever you want to do, but it does not matter to me, Arm does not matter,” said the chief technical officer. according to IOT Insights.

According to Muller, 70 to 80 percent of the Arm chips go to embedded systems, where there is still plenty of scope in the field of chip production technology to be exploited. Embedded chips are usually not based on the latest chip process, but run behind generations.

In the case of the latest chip node generations, there is also a positive point, according to the CTO, since that production will become cheaper over time. It is the switch to ever smaller nodes that costs more and more money. For example, Intel has great difficulty in moving cost-efficiently from 14nm to 10nm, but the downside is that the 14nm production has now been optimized with high yields and relatively low costs.

Muller also thinks that there is much benefit to be gained from the stacking of chipdies . According to him, there is still potential for years of innovation with 3d chips. Furthermore, the industry should think in a different way to cope with arithmetic problems of, for example, machine learning, other than with brute force and increasing the number of transistors.

Finally, he thinks that in the coming five years new technologies will appear that will take the industry beyond cmos. As examples, he mentions, among other things, neuromorphic chips, spintronics and quantum photons. “Our work is becoming more difficult, but from the consumer’s point of view there will not be a delay, which will get more and more performance”, he concludes.

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