Piper Jaffray & Co analyst Gus Richard claims Intel may finally adopt silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology at its 22nm process:
According to an analyst, Intel will reverse its strategy and embrace SOI at the 22-nm. In recent months, Intel has tipped some (but not all) details of its 22-nm process. It has certainly not talked about SOI. The chip giant tends to dismiss it.
''We believe Intel will introduce a germanium (III V) channel and full depleted SOI at 22-nm. This will give Intel a quantum leap in performance over what they are achieving and leave competitors 3-5 years behind. The 22-nm process should be in manufacturing at Intel in Q4:CY11,’’ said Gus Richard, an analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co., in a report.