TSMC May Implement SOI on 45nm

Although TSMC reiterated that silicon-on-insulator (SOI) is a “niche” technology, overseas investors are now suggesting that the foundry is assessing the possibility of a bid for SOI-made CPU foundry orders on a 45nm design rule. SOI is generally applied to the production of CPU and graphics processors (GPUs) with only a few IDMs capable of producing on SOI technology due to the uniqueness of technology, higher cost and stiffer production barriers. 65nm, SOI volume production already started in the second half of 2006 with satisfactory feedback. UMC is already working on SOI development down to 45nm.


Although TSMC reiterated that silicon-on-insulator (SOI) is a “niche” technology, overseas investors are now suggesting that the foundry is assessing the possibility of a bid for SOI-made CPU foundry orders on a 45nm design rule. SOI is generally applied to the production of CPU and graphics processors (GPUs) with only a few IDMs capable of producing on SOI technology due to the uniqueness of technology, higher cost and stiffer production barriers. 65nm, SOI volume production already started in the second half of 2006 with satisfactory feedback. UMC is already working on SOI development down to 45nm.

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