Si Technology in the Internet Era

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Dennis Buss
Vice President, Silicon Technology Development, Texas Instruments

Wednesday, September 13, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


Since the late 70's, the Personal Computer has been the application which dominated the semiconductor industry, and Moore's Law of shrinking transistor feature size has been the principle that drove the technology. This made a lot of sense: PCs are built around a microcomputer and memory, and shrinking the transistor made these functions smaller, faster, and cheaper.

But internet products are replacing PCs as the dominant application for semiconductors. Internet products depend, not on a microcomputer and memory, but on Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) together with analog functionality. For most Internet Access System-on-a-Chip (SOC) products, shrinking transistor size alone does not improve system cost and performance. It is necessary to integrate the DSP and Analog functions into Mixed Signal SOCs. In the Internet Era, Moore's Law will not be replaced as the driver of technology, but it will share the driver's seat: SOC Integration together with Moore's Law will drive technology.

This talk will address the grand challenges of Moore's Law scaling and SOC Integration in the Internet Era.


Dennis Buss is currently Vice President of Silicon Technology Development at Texas Instruments Incorporated with responsibility for Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) and Mixed Signal Technology. Dr. Buss began his industrial career at Texas Instruments in July 1969. During the next 18 years, he was TI Fellow and later Vice President and Director of TI's Semiconductor Process and Design Center. Between 1987 and 1997, Dr. Buss was Vice President of Technology at Analog Devices. He returned to Texas Instruments in December 1997.

Dennis Buss received his BS, MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1963, 1965 and 1968. He served twice on the Electrical Engineering faculty at MIT in 1968-1969 and 1974-1975. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of the 1985 Herschel Award and the 1987 Jack A. Morton Award for his pioneering work on HgCdTe Infra-Red monolithic focal plane technology. In February 2000, Dr. Buss was selected by the Electron Devices Society to be one of the recipients of an IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

Dennis Buss
Texas Instruments Inc
Dallas, TX 75243