Peter Woytowitz

Lam Research

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Moore's Law and Computational Modeling

Moore's law (that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every 18 mo.) is often cited as a key enabling phenomenon for computational modeling. Initially an observation the law has now become more self fulfilling as it is part of the driving considerations for the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). While there is no doubt that this phenomenon is a key driver in computational modeling, what is less cited is how computational modeling in-turn enables progressively higher transistor densities, better architectures, reliability and speed. This presentation will discuss some of the computational modeling contributions to the enabling of Moore's law including examples from WFE (wafer fabrication equipment) modeling and IC device level modeling including solid, fluid, electrical and plasma modeling. Future trends including molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry modeling are briefly discussed.

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