With the appetite for chips across industries set to grow, we will need to find a way to live with and work around periodic chip shortages. Remastering represents an immediate and long-term solution because it creates both physical capacity and a deeper understanding of the design. Moving a design from an old node to a new one frees up capacity on that old node. The process teaches us about the design, tools, and similarities between technologies.
The Next Platform noted that today’s SysMoore Era, driven by systemic complexity, will fuel semiconductor innovation for the foreseeable future. The era is defined as:
“The confluence of Moore’s Law ambitions in transistor design and now packaging coupled to systemic complexity that together will bring about a 1,000X increase in compute across devices and systems of all kinds and lead to a “smart everything” world.”
The article went on to explain that the cumulative nature of these advances is not additive, but instead multiplicative. According to de Geus, productivity gains from chip design tools have been growing at a log scale:
“The hand that develops the computer on which EDA is written can help develop the next computer to write better EDA, and so on. That circle has brought about exponential achievements. So often we say that success is the sum of our efforts. No, it’s not. It is the product of our efforts. A single zero, and we all sink. Great collaboration, and we all soar.”
Going forward, a key challenge to truly realize silicon remastering will be adapting to the “just-in-time” mindset of manufacturers like those in the automotive space. Solving this will require a joint effort from the larger industry with big implications. Remastering has already gone a long way to rebalance the world’s skewed manufacturing capacity, and we expect this trajectory to continue in years to come.
Watch Aart’s full keynote address on silicon remastering: