planar process


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planar process

n
(Electronics) a method of producing diffused junctions in semiconductor devices. A pattern of holes is etched into an oxide layer formed on a silicon substrate, into which impurities are diffused through the holes
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A recent TSMC report suggests that 16nm FinFET technology will achieve 55% power reduction and 35% higher speed as compared to the standard 28nm HK/MG planar process.
UMC said the company's self-developed 20nm planar process will be aligned to IBM's design rules and process/device targets, while its FinFET will be offered as a low-power technology enhancement option for mobile computing and communication products.
The Clarity Matrix with ERO (Extended Ruggedness and Optics), ready for shipment in December 2010, utilizes a proprietary Planar process and technology to create a highly durable display that can withstand the rigors of high-traffic environments and accommodate touch-screen usage in interactive applications.
While the FinFET process offers significant power and performance benefits compared to the traditional planar process, the move from two-dimensional transistors to three-dimensional transistors introduces several new IP and EDA tool challenges such as modeling.
On the technology front, Fairchild Semiconductor's invention of the planar process and the integrated circuit revolutionized production of semiconductor devices and led to today's billion-transistor chips.
Texas Instruments (TI) donated more than 115 boxes containing the historic records and other materials that recorded ideas that led to the planar process for integrated circuits (ICs) and the rise of Silicon Valley as a world center of technological innovation.