IEF2013: The need to name nodes meaningfully
“This industry has always been dishonest but today’s dishonesty on the designation of a node is a complete and utter nonsense” Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons told the IEF 2013 meeting in Dublin.
“The industry’s always run on bullshit,” said Penn, “in the early days of Fairchild they used to put out data sheets full of ICs you couldn’t buy – because they hadn’t been made yet. If a customer wanted one they’d make it for him.”
Now it’s got worse. “The current spin and hype is out of control,” said Penn,”the industry needs to come out with a definition of what a process is.”
Future Horizons has come up with the idea of measuring the node by the size of the SRAM cell. By this measurement the currently designated 14nm process should be re-designated 16/17nm at Intel, 18nm at Samsung, 20nm at GloFo and TSMC, and 21nm at ST.