Question: each generation silicon fabrication technology is often referred to by...
Each generation, silicon fabrication technology is often referred to by its feature size or “technology node.” Cutting-edge silicon chips of today are fabricated using a feature size of 7nm. Below is a table showing the recent progress of silicon fabrication technology. If feature sizes are proportional to the size of one edge of a square transistor, then an estimated area of a 22nm transistor is 484nm2 (22nm x 22nm). a) Fill in the estimated area of 1 transistor for each of the feature sizes.
year . Feature size . Estimated area of size of1 transister
2012 . 22nm . 484
2014 . 14nm . ?
2017 . 10nm . ?
2019 . 7nm . ?
According to the numbers in the table, is Moore’s Law still in effect? Explain why or why not. b) What relation does this progression of feature sizes have to Moore’s Law?