Peter Clarke, EETimes
12/15/2012 8:13 AM EST
LONDON – A senior engineer at FPGA vendor Altera has evaluated fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI) chip manufacturing process and concluded that the technology could have particular benefits for FPGAs. This raises the possibility that Altera could be considering replacing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) as its foundry of choice or operating a multiple-foundry manufacturing strategy in the future.
Jeff Watt, an Altera fellow and technology development specialist, presented An evaluation and benchmarking of 14-nm fully-depleted technology for FPGAs at an evening symposium on FDSOI held alongside the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco.
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