Chiplets are expected to be the defining aspect of the next generation of semiconductor technologies.
FREMONT, CA: Lately, semiconductor devices have seen demands for design and functional improvements so as to support intensive applications. It is this demand that has led to the emergence of chiplets. Monolithic processors are now being divided into smaller chips called chiplets. These chiplets are then placed on a multi-chip module and linked up. To understand the growing relevance of chiplets in the semiconductor domain, one needs to look at the advantages they bring. The following list mentions some of the special purposes that chiplets serve to be considered as the next avenue of opportunities for chip-makers.
• Selective Shrinking Capabilities
With conventional monolithic designs, the shrinking of specific blocks had to invariably be accompanied by the shrinking of entire chips, although they did not bring any advantages. With chiplets, the story is different. Unlike in the case of monolithic chips, chiplets allow chip-makers to shrink certain portions. Such selective shrinking capabilities result in profitable shrinking. Therefore, chiplets make die shrinking better.
• Minimized Wafer Wastage
Smaller chips, that is, chiplets, prevent wafer wastage. A higher number of cores can be placed on each wafer, resulting in denser chips and improved yields. On the other hand, a monolithic chip can be limiting when it comes to wafer use efficiency. Chiplets also prevent the need for down-pricing in the case of a core not functioning as expected. This feature is not possible with conventional chips, which will have to be priced lower after a downgrade.
• Greater Customization Options
The use of chiplets allows chip-makers to develop specialized cores by leveraging separate materials and processes. Manufacturers do not have to keep their semiconductors limited to a single material. Instead, combinations of semiconductors can put to use to exploit the unique properties of the materials.
In a bid to overcome current to chip manufacturing, the semiconductor industry might soon make chiplets the norm. By enabling better yields, reducing wastage, and enhancing power use efficiencies, chipsets have painted a promising picture for today and tomorrow.