Pick A Number

For the past two years there was some mumbling that 16/14nm would be short-lived, and that 10nm would be the place that foundries would invest heavily. Now the buzz is that 10nm may be skipped entirely and the next node will be 7nm. After all, 10nm is really only a half-node. Or is it? The answer depends on who's defining 10nm. The 16/14nm node is based on a 20nm back-end-of-line process, un... » read more

Who’s Winning The FinFET Foundry Race?

The leading-edge foundry business is challenging. For starters, foundry vendors require vast resources, gigantic fabs and lots of know-how. And yet, it’s still difficult to make money in this business. That has certainly proven to be the case in the planar transistor era, but the challenges and costs are escalating as foundry vendors begin to ramp up finFET technologies at the 16nm/14nm no... » read more

Inflection Points

Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design talks with Paul Boudre, chief operating officer at Soitec, about FinFETs, industry inflection points, the end of life for planar transistors, bulk CMOS vs. SOI, the differences between fully depleted and partially depleted SOI, and the FD-SOI ecosystem. [youtube vid=8ZhfJLkImlk] » read more