We have a guest contribution today from Brian Cronquist, MonolithIC 3D Inc.'s VP of Technology. He gives an update on our company's Semicon West activities.
Volleyballs: Probably the most popular give-away at the show was the MonolithIC3D volleyball: 10 balls were given to the first people who asked for them at the top of every hour. Here are three guys showing off their wares at the booth (L-R: Zvi, Brian, Israel):
Finalists: As talked about in the press (Semi, Reuters) we were named finalists for Best of West at the show, which is selected by a distinguished panel of semiconductor experts based on the financial impact on the industry, engineering or scientific achievement, and/or societal impact.
Group Editorial Director Pete Singer of PennWell Corporation (SemiMD/SST) [Pete] and Michael Droeger of Semi [Mike] came by the booth at 1pm on Wednesday to give us the beautiful crystal award, as y’all see below:
We are truly honored by the recognition.
As well, other VIPs (like you) came by our booth because they had heard about our award and were curious to see what monolithic 3DIC is all about. Some of you saw our 30 second video spot on the Semi busses and in the Moscone Center….if you didn’t, here is a link to see it. [MonolithIC3D video] Like the music? Then thank Ze’ev…
And if you are still curious about monolithic 3D technology and applications, take a look at some of the other sections in this website (1-pagers, technology, papers/presentations) or give us a call or an email.
Monolithic 3D: I think we hit a spot with the judges for the innovative content and the potential lasting impact these technologies may make on the entire semiconductor industry.
The breakthrough development of practical monolithic 3D is important because it provides a better alternative to maintaining Moore's Law. The large costs to continue scaling down has already forced out most players. It is clear that the industry needs a better option and we believe that the monolithic 3D breakthrough is it. With monolithic 3D, the benefits of scaling can be achieved by utilizing predominantly the existing capital equipment and R&D.
And we are not just talking about logic scaling. Besides logic structures, the MonolithIC 3D technologies include DRAM, NAND Flash and RRAM memory types, FPGA and gate arrays, as well as methods of fabricating image sensors and micro-displays.
Here are two of our technical giants - CTO Israel Beinglass and Chief Scientist Deepak Sekar:
Have a great weekend!
The stats: 1256 booths (up 10% over 2010), 712 exhibiting companies (up 24%) of which 105 are new exhibitors, 21 countries represented, over 30,000 people registered to attend (SemiconWest+ Intersolar). Things are looking up for the industry!