Shrinking Possibilities

Lithography will need multiple strategies to keep up with the evolution of memory and logic

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Say good-bye to the node.

For 39 years, the node endured as the elusive and yet universally accepted metric that semiconductor specialists used to indicate how small their transistors were. Like depth readings on a wild descent into the infinitesimal, node figures were plotted out for the near future in a “road map” released annually by the semiconductor industry associations of Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. That map was, and is, a collection of the global semiconductor industry’s best ideas about how it was going to fulfill the Moore’s Law prophecy of a 30 percent shrink in transistor size—and consequent doubling in density—on chips every two years.

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