Issue No. 04 - July/August (1998 vol. 18)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/40.710869
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.
Multichip modules, interconnects, large chip vs. MCM, microprocessor performance
E. E. Davidson, "Large Chip vs. MCM for a High-Performance System," in IEEE Micro, vol. 18, no. , pp. 33-41, 1998.