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Large Chip vs. MCM for a High-Performance System
July/August 1998 (vol. 18 no. 4)
pp. 33-41
With the capability of modern semiconductor processes, it is possible to design a system-on-a-chip. This implies a large function on a large chip, and it is valid to question whether partitioning this chip into a few smaller chips and using a multichip module (MCM) to interconnect the functions is better for performance and cost reasons. To answer this question, this article explores the design, performance, and cost issues for a large chip versus a MCM. Performance trends for each approach will be shown to better understand the future performance limits for microprocessors.
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Multichip modules, interconnects, large chip vs. MCM, microprocessor performance
Evan E. Davidson, "Large Chip vs. MCM for a High-Performance System," IEEE Micro, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 33-41, July-Aug. 1998, doi:10.1109/40.710869
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