VLSI 2020 Symposium and COVID

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    June 26, 2020 — Strategy and Tactics: VLSI 2020 Symposium and COVID WildPhotons: If you don't change directions you'll get to where you're heading ...
    G. Dan Hutcheson
    VLSI 2020 Symposium: Normally held in Hawaii, VLSI 2020 showed how participation could zoom up when the travel barrier is removed — plus lowering prices. There was an increase in registrations. The IEEE also had record submissions to the Technology side of the conference... This indicates that research action is shifting from circuits to technology. And the technology focus is on finding ways to improve PPAC (Power, Performance, Area, and Cost). Once in the conference some interesting trends could be seen. First, and least surprising, was that work in nanoribbon GAAs as a replacement for tri-gate FinFETs was hot. Kangguo Cheng of IBM presented ... The Last Wavelength: An emergent trend I saw was researchers appear to be ... the plenary from Mike Mayberry of Intel had all the ingredients of a great plenary. delivered by laying out a new Cost-of-Ownership problem for our industry...

    Coronavirus Watch: I recently found myself in some arguments with family members who had picked up really wrong ideas on Coronavirus data and the collection of it from social media sites that seek to dismiss the danger of this disease and frame as a political and personal rights issue. Now I did not want to get into the political issue, because this is personal. But I did want to fact check the points being made to see if they were true and arm myself for next week's American Independence Holiday weekend. So, I did what I do with data. Anyway, I thought I would share them with you, as I am sure you/ve run into others who have been swayed by these social media sites. I know it's not normal Chip Insider material, but it will arm you for discussions that may come up around the barbeque grill next weekend.

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