[opendtv] Re: (No Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 10:30:37 -0400

You're always adding new features or improving performance. Otherwise, the
competition beats you to the punch for the next year.

You also have to look at the cost/performance/power curve for going to 0.13
or 0.09. Power may go down, but cost could go up.

You also want to match the die size to the package so as not to waste
silicon area...


-- Keith 
 

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> Keith Jack wrote:
> 
> > Also, when going to a smaller process, you also tend to
> > put more features on-chip, which may keep power in the
> > same region as the previous design.
> 
> But you wouldn't add in power-hungry features if your
> main goal was to reduce power consumption or cost.
> 
> Once a viable ATSC tuner design is achieved, the primary
> goal of increasing chip densities can change from one of 
> increasing performance (as was the case with 2nd gen) to one 
> of reducing price and power consumption. It seems to me that 
> performance improvements with ATSC are still available, but 
> that at this point, the *main focus* of design updates can go 
> to improving aspects other than performance. This is 
> different from your typical PC CPU evolution, which is still 
> aimed at increased performance (for game graphics primarily).
> 
> This is good news. We did discuss this in the past,
> even before the Linx and LG chips came to be. We are
> there now.
> 
> If the state of the art ATSC receivers are still .18 um, 
> there's room for improvement right now. Aren't we down to .13 
> and .10 um today?
> 
> Bert
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