Intel may use SOI in the future

MARK BOHR, a senior fellow at Intel, walked us through the slides we published earlier today, and commented about some other directions the firm is headed. The strained silicon technique, which can speed up transistors by as much as 10 per cent, will definitely scale to the 65 nano generation, he said. And it may work for the 45 nano generation too, he said. Further, Intel has not ruled out using silicon on insulator (SOI) in the future – it may be incorporated in the 45 nano generation, but no decision has been made yet.

By the end of the next year, Intel should have four fabs producing chips on 300 millimeter silicon wafers. After the Leixlip fab converts during the first half of next year, Intel will also crank up 300mm production in Fab 24 in Arizona. And it may continue swapping this technology in. As we pointed out some weeks ago, in not such a very long time away, Intel will have enough silicon capacity to supply the world and possibly another planet in our solar system, if we find life on Neptune.

Bohr said that the move from .13µ (micron) technology to 90 nanometer processes was faster than the previous shift. And he also claimed that there was no problem with yields for the smaller process. He said that Intel had produced a very rapid yield improvement in the last months, using the 90 nano tech.

News source: The Inq

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