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BRUSSELS — One walks away from the Imec Technology Forum with a slightly clearer sense of the semiconductor road map and its drivers, including the somewhat overhyped Internet of Things. After several talks and interviews, some of the confusion from the marketing of node names briefly dissipates, and some of the angst about the end of the silicon world eases. Unfortunately, the process starts as it often does these days with a dose of strong medicine, this year delivered by Globalfoundries’ chief technologist Gary Patton among others. “The reality is scaling has slowed dramatically, these node names are a marketing tool and the value proposition has reduced considerably,” Patton told attendees. The days of 35% lower costs and 20% greater performance every two years “ended at the 20nm node when the need for double patterning created significant cost increases, then we added...

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