Keynote Speaker – Dr. Vishal Sharma

Moore’s Law and Design Challenges


Dr. Vishal Sharma
Engineering Manager at Intel, Bangalore, India

Vishal Sharma is an Engineering Manager at Intel, Bangalore. He has been involved in the development of Semiconductor chips throughout his career, with focus on Physical Design, Layout Verification, Fullchip Tapeout and IP development of Mixed-Signal, Analog and Digital IPs. At Intel, Vishal is currently leading the Physical Integration, Methodology and Layout execution team responsible for development of digital IPs for Graphics, Display and Image Processing Unit (IPU) across multiple SoCs and products. Prior to this, he was leading the development and delivery of high-speed IOs and voltage regulator IPs in the Hard-IP team at Intel India. Vishal was the fullchip tapeout lead for Crestline (the Graphics and Memory-Controller Hubchip), which was part of the 4th generation Centrino platform for laptops; and this was the first fullchip tapeout done out of Mobility Chipset group at Intel India.

Vishal received his B.Tech (EE) from IIT, Kharagpur, India in 1997. He has more than 19 years of experience in the VLSI industry, with last 11 years at Intel. He has been part of more than 50 tapeouts, ranging from 180nm to 10nm process nodes of TSMC and Intel Fabs. He has been part of the evolution of the design cycle and design methodologies to tackle the complexities of the ever-shrinking process nodes driven by Moore’s Law. Vishal has many technical submissions to his credit at Intel internal technical conferences, and has won the Best Paper Award at SNUG (Synopsys User Conference), 2005. He is passionate about the technical challenges faced everyday at work, and is extremely keen to mentor juniors for their growth in technical and behavioral skills.


Since its inception in 1965, Moore’s Law has been one of the fundamental principles guidingthe modern computing and semiconductor industry. The law is based on Gordon Moore’s prediction that number of electronic components on an integrated circuit (also known as a computer chip) would double every two years. Moore’s Law has held pretty well over the 50+ years it has been in existence. Its biggest impact is that computing devices continue to show exponential growth in complexity and computing power, while reducing themanufacturing costs. This has not only enhanced existing industries and increased productivity, but it has spawned whole new industries empowered by cheap and powerful computing. Moore’s Law has transformed computing from a rare and expensive venture into a normal, affordable necessity. All of the modern computing technology sprang from the foundation laid by Moore’s Law. This includes desktops, laptops, smartphones, internet, social media, e-commerce, internet-of-things and many other technologies that have strongly impactedthe way we live.

In this talk, we would look at Moore’s Law and the associated Design challenges in the semiconductor development with reducing silicon geometries.Implementation of Moore’s Law has been a constant technical challenge. From the manufacturing process to the actual semiconductor design, it has been an amazing journey to overcome the odds and keep Moore’s Law alive. The journey still continues.