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A New Angle on Chip Interconnect

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JAN WILLIS, Simplex Solutions, Mountain View, CA, USA

ABSTRACT

In recent years, the complexity of chip interconnect has become one of the most significant gating factors affecting chip design and performance. The minuscule wiring that connects the millions of transistors on advanced semiconductors can be thought of as the “freeway system” of the chip. Through these submicroscopic connections, electrical signals flow to the complex network of transistors and diodes that have been painstakingly imprinted into the layers of silicon. This article describes a new approach to chip interconnects.

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