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8 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2023 As we all learned by watching Star Trek, a lot of crazy things can happen at warp speed. Sure, it was great to get to Alpha Centauri in a hurry, but the Enterprise almost destroyed itself a few times when they put the pedal to the metal. ere's just no room for error at warp speed. Now, many PCB designers are dealing with increasing signal speeds and rise times, and a parliament of other effects—some positive, some negative—thanks to shrinking silicon. Not quite warp speed, but a lot of unpredict- able things can happen when the die get tiny. Ask yourself: Do you really understand die shrinkage? When we researched this topic, designers and design engineers told us that smaller die sizes have been driving up signal speeds for The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007 Shrinking Silicon: A Warp Speed Facilitator

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