Sunday, May 08, 2005

Lagging-edge technology

The above is a term I'm perhaps the last to learn. From an interesting article about a chip manufacturer that makes stacked-circuit chips:

Matrix is also trying to exploit a manufacturing advantage over other memory chip makers: its ability to use older, less expensive chip making equipment. It can do so because the vertical approach means the circuits do not have to be etched as tightly to achieve the same capacity.

"They are making great strides using lagging-edge technology," said Jim Handy, director of nonvolatile-memory research at Semico Research, a semiconductor market research firm based in Phoenix.

By using older technology, the company enjoys higher production yields, further reducing the cost of its products.

4 Comments:

Blogger Itchy Scalp said...

The real breakthrough in lower development cost would probably come from maskless litho.

17/5/05 22:34  
Blogger Itchy Scalp said...

see e.g.:

http://www.eetimes.com/news/semi/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=AJ25TC0DHREVMQSNDBGCKHSCJUMEKJVN?articleID=10805279

A friend of mine works there.

17/5/05 22:37  
Blogger rilkefan said...

Which works via ... ultra-precise laser cutting? pixel arrays? nano-bots?

17/5/05 22:39  
Blogger rilkefan said...

Ah - ask and you'll receive (actually before your query) an article about "an electron-beam microlens array technology that provides up to 1 million light sources in the same unit."

17/5/05 22:43  

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