Altera at 40 nm: Jitter-, Signal Integrity-, Power-, and Process-Optimized Transceivers
Technology advancement for the semiconductor industry is largely driven by Moore's Law in that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles roughly every two years, as well as demanding a higher data rate for communication links between devices or systems. Moore's Law is facilitated by the feature size or process node shrinkage. Smaller features enable more functionalities, higher operation speed, logic density, integration, and lower power consumption per logic function. A higher data rate is often achieved through using advanced design methodologies and process technologies, and enables wireline and wireless communication, computer, storage, military and broadcast electronic systems to send and receive large amounts of data to meet the ever-increasing data transfer or bandwidth demand.