How Chiplets will Shape the Future of Semiconductors

With the emergence of chiplets, the semiconductor industry is on the brink of a new wave of revolution that will be accompanied by a marked increase in processing capabilities.

FREMONT, CA: Major semiconductor players have conventionally been driven by the motivation to achieve architectural enhancements along with increased performance efficiency. The introduction of chiplets is creating waves in the semiconductor landscape. The major advantage of a chiplet comes due to its ability to actualize the latest development in the system on a chip (SoC) designs. The reduction is size accompanied by the improved processing capability further contributes to the attractiveness of chiplets. As per Semiconductor Engineering, the emergence of chiplets will mark a significant shift in direction for the leading chip companies.

The key motivation behind the semiconductors innovations has been conventionally driven by the slowness in the rate of reduction of transistor size. Further, the low efficiency of the essential elements in the modern chip designs like analog-based I/O and memory technologies have also triggered research in SoC designs. Key players in the semiconductors are leveraging chiplets to ride along with the new SoC wave. Chiplets addresses the issue of the growing demand to process data explosion in the semiconductor landscape. Moreover, chiplets also supports the persistent feature of data retrieval, even when the power is turned off. 

When it comes to interoperability, there have been significant examples of chiplet designs that connect pieces from various vendors. However, the industry must go a long way to realize true chip-to-chip connectivity. Such an interconnect standard would allow firms to deploy a Lego-like approach enabling them to combine chiplets from varying accelerators, processors, I/O, and memory elements.

The advances in chiplets are expected to revive the semiconductor industry. Moreover, the innovations will also offset the price and efficiency of the chiplets, thereby making the industry more competitive and agile.