More than Moore (MtM)

Moore’s law has been the engine of growth since the early 70’s. Through transistor scaling, one obtains a better performance to cost ratio, which in turn induces growth via further investments in semiconductor technologies, which then fuel further scaling.  A further extension of this virtuous cycle is a new trend commonly known as “More than Moore” (MtM), where the added value of the devices is provided by incorporating functionalities that do not necessarily scale according to “Moore’s Law”.

Many of these MtM devices are characterized by functional diversification and non-digital functionalities that contribute to the performance of the electronic system, although they do not necessarily scale at the same rate as the one that describes the More Moore (MM) development of digital functionality.

The functionalities of the MtM devices may be regarded as a complement of the digital signal and data processing in a product. This includes the interaction with the outside world though applications in power, sensors and photonics. In smart phones, the CMOS image sensors area is growing tremendously and in the automotive world, applications for driver’s assistance and informatics is expanding at a rapid rate. Other areas include the incorporation of passive components such as MIM capacitors, high voltage components like high power GaN and SiC devices, and micro fluidic devices that enable inkjet printing and other biological applications. Photonics application like power switching, data handling in LTE networks and facial recognition round the immediate applications with enormous growth potential.

The role that new materials like SiC and GaN will play in the near future across the automotive, mobile networks and consumer wearables will be unavoidable. Similarly, the III-V materials for optical applications will continue to grow via data networking or novel applications like augmented reality (AR). In fact, the tight integration between the primarily digital MM and MtM functionalities into a heterogeneous compact system will be the key driver for fields such as mobile communications, automotive, environmental control, healthcare and entertainment.

Whereas MM maybe viewed as the central control digital system, MtM refers to its capabilities to interact with the outside world and users. Moreover, MtM devices typically allow for the non-digital functionalities mentioned above to migrate from the system board level into a package level or chip level implementation, which further drives the need for proper encapsulation against the environmental forces.

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