Anatoly Agulyansky - Video Lecture

Anatoly Agulyansky - Video Lecture

IVS-IPSTA 2020 Online Conference December 13, 2020


A bird's view on problem-solving in microchip manufacturing

Anatoly Agulyansky

Intel, Israel


Computer manufacturing began in 1943. Already in 1949, it was predicted and published by IBM that “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons". This optimistic statement appeared because semiconductor transistors had already been invented and began aggressively replacing huge vacuum electronic tubes in all devices, including computers. Computers became smaller because a transistor is much smaller than a vacuum tube. Nevertheless, nobody could imagine that Integrated Circuit (IC) would be invented in about ten years, and high volume microchip manufacturing would begin its fast development. IC technology allowed the accumulation of millions, and even billions, of transistors on a small silicon piece. Continuing transistor shrink results in speed and performance increase of the device. Moore’s law requests doubling the number of transistors in the device every 24 months. This evolutionary law drives the development of microelectronics, material science, processes, etc. The challenges arising on the way of the technology development requests creative thinking and the application of problem-solving tools. We will discuss how Moore’s law resulted in new engineering challenges and impacted the problem-solving process.