Pete Dunn's Silicon Songs
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I Want to Be Like A Chip
2006 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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I want to be like a chip
I want to be like a chip
I've been thinking it would be hip
To be like a chip

Every year chips get a little faster
Every year their insides get more pure
Even on the longest day a chip is never fatigue
They're very thin and they have outstanding rhythm and timing

(Chorus)

Every day chips get respect on Wall Street
Every day chips get respect from youth
In laptops, cell phones, and garages
Chips always have bon voyages
They're energy-efficient and they have an outstanding sense of direction

(Chorus)

It's counterintuitive but I'll give you this tip:
Be like a chip!



Gigabit DRAM

1998 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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How big is a gigabit? Take a look at your thumb
How big is a gigabit? Take a look at the nail on your thumb
About one inch square says the SIA
A billion bits, a billion bits on a chip

How big is a gigabit? One billion 24 million ones and zeroes.
How big is a gigabit? A one or a zero for everyone in China (roughly)
Or about 15 minutes of CD-quality music
A billion bits, a billion bits on a chip

Why dig gigabits? Features as small as point-one-three micron
Why did gigabits? Miles of wiring inside each one
How could anybody possibly do that?
A billion bits, a billion bits on a chip

Shallow trench and damascene, ultrapure and CMP
Low-k all the way in my dielectrics (copper)
Study 64 no more 2-5-6 they look sick
12-inch wafer just for me
A billion bits, a billion bits on a chip



Moore's Law
2005 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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Meet Dr. Gordon Moore, one of the famous Traitorous Eight
They started Intel - but before that, Moore wrote a paper
About the increasing number of transistors on chips
One transistor (shrunk) turned into two
Two transistors (shrunk) turned into four
Eight, 16, 32, 64 - it's going to keep going
Said Gordon Moore
That's Moore's Law

The pace of the doubling changed over time
First every year, then every two
But 40 years after that prescient paper
We're still on the course seen by Dr. G. Moore
One billion transistors (shrunk) turn into two
Two billion transistors (shrunk) turn into four
Eight, 16, 32, 64 - it's going to keep going
Said Gordon Moore
That's Moore's Law

The big question is - how long can this go on?

Transistors get faster as they get smaller
Each minuscule one gets cheaper to make
There's twice as much power just 'round the corner
That's why your PC is obsolete its first day
If you understand shrinks, you'll understand high tech
Someday it'll stop but until then we say
Eight, 16, 32, 64 - that's the story of the law ascribed to
Gordon Moore



Oh, My, Dr, Ohmi!
1991, Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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Oh, my, Dr. Ohmi
You make my wafer fab so lonely
All my friends are gone now
Since you made us turn the lights out

Cleanliness and people
Ohmi says, "In-com-pa-ti-ble"
So now I am the only one
I sit and watch the robots run

Oh, my, Dr, Ohmi; me oh my oh Dr. Ohmi
(Lights out!)

Me and my buddies on the line
We used to make the chips so fine
We knew just how to work the stepper
Ion implant no one was better

We always wore our bunny suits
Drug testing kept us off the toot
But Ohmi says, "Not good enough!"
Because we make particulates

(CHORUS)

The bosses obey Ohmi's law
But none of them are here right now
I wonder what would happen if
I gave these robot knobs a twist

Now the whole fab's run amok
I smoke my butts and eat my lunch
I'll throw my pals a cleanroom party
'Cause I don't care if they are dirty

(CHORUS)




(They Call Me) Mr. X
1994 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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With ARPA money I be spending your tax
And your future wafer stepper wears a one-to-one mask
My reproductions's gonna take you right down
Gonna make you want to think in angstroms
They call me Mr. X
But you can call me Ray

I got no day job I just stay in the lab
One day they'll beg me to come into their fabs
They'll get up every morning and charge up my ring
Throw electrons around like they was rocks in a sling
They'll call me Mr. X
But you can call me Ray

I make small features, I make big science
Need six feet of concrete to hold me back
I have funding and true believers
One of these years I'm gonna attack

I'll mock the particles that do you guys in
Say "wavelength limited" I'll step up and grin
Make no small plans for your synchrotron
Be sure you can support me if you want to turn me on
And call me Mr. X
No don't you call me Ray




Semiconductor Drummer
2003 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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Semiconductors counting out the rhythm
Heartbeat of the electronic revolution
Beat gets faster beat slows down
It's just the semiconductor drummer on the drums

Semiconductor capital equipment
Cradle of the electronic revolution
Cradle rocks faster, cradle fall down
Thank the semiconductor drummer on the drums

You've got to waltz through the downturns
Tango in the upturns
Semiconductor Drummer
Make the techno party make the whole world dance

Markets are rational, business is businesslike
Drummers aren't like that
Science is steady, sober, and stable
Drummers aren't like that, either

You've got to skank in the downturns
Boss Nova in the upturns

Contradance in the downturns
Jump in the mosh pit in the upturns

Minuet in the downturns
Shake your moneymaker in the upturns




Clean Room Love
1995 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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Love blooms where people dress like bunnies
My boss, he don't think it's funny
How I can't see her face and she can't see mine
As we stand together on the fabrication line

It's a cleanroom, Clean Room Love
Shines like lasers in our blood
A cleanroom, Clean Room Love
Class 1 Clean Room Love

She makes Tyvek look stylish
With a Ph.D. and European polish
A recipe for deposition and for creme brulee
I want to start my shift with her every day

(CHORUS)

Tell me - is love the solution?
To starting a new industrial revolution
They can wrap our bodies up in uniforms
But underneath it all our hearts stay warm




ASIC Puppy
1989 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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Just sit down don't give me no shit
'Cause I'm gonna tell you how they make chips
On silicon, gallium arsenide
If you want to be real bad
Get yourself down to the wafer fab
To the cleanroom - Class 100
Simulated logic is apparently what we need

(CHORUS)

I resolve a half-micron
With an NPN your trench
Stepping down Broadway
Application is specific
Interfacing capabilities are prolific
Generic cell library
Ions are implanted in my brain

(CHORUS)

Drifting in a sea of gates
Is a very liquid solid state
Semicon-doctor in the house?
Why don't we tell the DoD
To get themselves flat
Don't MIMIC their behavior
Radiation hardness is nothing but a waste


Stepper Guys
1992 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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Inside the guts of a wafer stepper
There's a piece of granite that's ground down flat
How flat? Just chill I'm gonna tell you, man
It's flat within about a half angstrom
Because the stepping of the stepper has to step in line
And it's gotta step the same every single time
If you want to make a chip like a SPARC or a Alpha
Better have six sigma or get back on the Delta
That's four in a million all the others are fly
And the only one can do it is a Stepper Guy

Because a stepper is art - glass and software and steel
Makes you wonder how it possibly could be real
How real? Well they make about a thousand a year
And they're the only reason that the beat box is here
Taking the wafer in and stepping it and shooting the dice
Resistors and capacitors come out so nice
You see the overlay's responsible for those high yields
If you want to be successful in this bright, bright field
You'd better find the time to hit a show called SPIE
And meet yourself a bad Stepper Guy

Dave Markle's a Canadian but now he lives here
And we're lucky that we got him so step to the rear
In the California sun he has fun one-on-one
For 16 Megs IBM's got some
Dave started in Connecticut he's the man
Who thought up the Flying Diamond and the step-and-scan
But he was Wilton on the vine, needed Elmer's glue
Later on Horace sold the place to you-know-who
Pronounce it der Torossian, Horace get wise
Papken and Vahe they're Stepper Guys

I know what you wonder when you hear these words
You wonder where are the stepper girls?
Where are they? I don't know - it's a mystery to me
Like the i-line and the g-line and the deep UV
And the send-ahead wafer and penumbral blur
Environmental chambers interferometers
Is this really the way that the Japanese make
A four-meg DRAM cost less than a steak?
I've only got time now to tell you good bye
And say you really ought to meet a Stepper Guy



Phase Shift Boogie
1993 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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If you make masks and you want a raise
You'd better get hip to the shifting phase
90 or 180 or two-seven-oh
I know it's gonna get you where you want to go
That's down down down down
To point-one-five micron
It's been going on for 5000 days
So please don't say that it's just a phase

The folks in the mask shop want to go home
BACUS to the basics of quartz and chrome
Just when they think their work is done
Along come Hank Smith and Marc Levenson
Going down down down down
With reticulous features of a half micron
And you still won't pay them a living wage
Please don't say that it's just a phase

It seems like everyone these days'
Wants to do a little bit of shifting phase
Austin to Osaka, Seoul to Fishkill
If the strong don't get you then the weak ones will
Going down down down down
To a new year's resolution
It's been going since the mid-70s
So please don't say that it's just a phase

You got to phase the facts and shift your gears
And work through the blood sweat toil and tears
The people need DRAMs and CPUs
Hey, maskmakers it's up to you
To get down down down down
With Etec and KLA and Micrion
With the ion and electron beam rays
Please don't say....



Planet Silicon
2004 by Peter Dunn, Orktunes International (BMI)
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Silicon turns me on when I turn it on
Chi-lectrons flow
Out of the sources into the drains,
through the gate oxides and into dual damascene
Silicon at Semicon in the aisles below Yerba Buena
I love life on Planet Silicon

Silicon Silesium Handotai
It's the same all over
Making your numbers, making your letters
Making your pictures and your music too
Silicon going on and on and on feature sizes below 20 nanometers
I love life on Planet Silicon

But silicon turns us on - when we turn it on, chi-lectrons flow
Making connections, making selections
Don't let them hack the elections or your 401(k), though
Silicon evolution - it's an affirmation- we're good at that

I love life on Planet Silicon
Because here we are




Copyright 2005 by Pete Dunn; songs P and © Orktunes International, BMI - All Rights Reserved