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FinFET Fever...or FinFET Fear?

FinFET TransistorAll the major foundries have announced FinFET technologies. FinFETs hold the promise of lower power usage and better area utilization, as well as traditional scaling improvements. Aaaaand…the thought of implementing them may be scaring the willies out of a lot of designers. How do I design these things? How do I know what the design needs? How do I verify them? Well, first, take a deep breath. Go to your happy place for a bit. Then open your eyes and read these two articles by Carey Robertson. Circuit Design in FinFET Technologies: Evolution or Revolution? will help you understand just what’s involved in making the leap to FinFETs, from both the digital and analog/custom design viewpoints. Once you’ve got that in hand, delve a little further into the implementation details with FinFET parasitics come under control, a clear and concise explanation of just how FinFETs interact with their immediate surroundings, the local interconnect, and the contacts in a design. Feel better? Of course you do.

Parasitic Extraction, Foundry, transistor, 16nm, 22nm, 14nm, FinFET, Calibre, circuit design

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Shelly StalnakerI believe in the well-written sentence, the eye-catching title, and the satisfaction of hearing someone say, “Now I get it.” I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing the use of the passive tense in technical writing. I believe a writer can explain and entertain at the same time, and I believe that everyone, even in the business world, has a story to tell. Visit Foundry Solutions

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