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Common Platform confirms no FinFET til 14nm

Common Platform confirms no FinFET til 14nm

Common Platform's member companies have confirmed they're not planning a FinFET implementation until the 14nm process size.

Common Platform, an industry group made up of semiconductor companies including Samsung, IBM, and GlobalFoundries, has confirmed that Intel will be alone in the use of 3D transistor technology until at least 2014.

Speaking at the Common Platform Technology Forum in California this week, representatives from the Common Platform group stated plans to introduce FinFET - fin-based field effect transistors - technologies into its standards at the same time as it shifts to the 14nm process size.

According to estimates made by Bright Side of News, that means FinFET technology won't be appearing in Common Platform devices until around the 2014-2015 mark.

The announcement leaves industry giant Intel with a major head-start: not a member of the Common Platform, the company has been building FinFET-like technology in the form of its Tri-Gate Transistor into its upcoming Ivy Bridge 22nm processors due for release in the very near future. As a result, it will be the only mainstream chip maker to offer a FinFET-like product for the next couple of years.

It's a technology which gives Intel a significant edge. By extending the transistors into the third dimension using a protruding fin, Intel claims its Tri-Gate Transistor drop power draw by around 50 per cent compared to traditional planar (2D) transistors. Alternatively, chips build using Tri-Gate technology can boost performance up to 37 per cent for the same power draw as their planar predecessors.

By delaying the use of FinFET until 2014, companies signed up to the Common Platform risk giving Intel a major head-start in the technology. Looking at it from the other perspective, however, it offers Common Platform members a cost-free test-bed implementation; should Intel run into trouble with Tri-Gate, member companies would be able to learn from their competitor's mistakes before rushing head-first into FinFET themselves.

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warejon9 16th March 2012, 12:14 Quote
2 years is a long time, but hasn't intel delayed IB, whether its due to yield, or because they don't need to release (and want to keep selling old stock) who knows.
rollo 17th March 2012, 12:26 Quote
Dout it's a yield issue just way to much stock of sandy

2 years is a massive advantage is guess intel will be on to something else before they release gate
greigaitken 18th March 2012, 20:26 Quote
so intel has the best manufacturing and biggest R&D budget thus gets the premium dollars. rinse and repeat
As long as they keep up the pace - nobody big enough wants to put up the money to challenge that.
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