Chinese manufacturers want to master the technology of FD-SOI
According to representatives of the industry, which refers to source Chinese manufacturers of semiconductor products, including the company Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), I plan to master the technology of FD-SOI. This leads to high competition in the segment of the FinFET, where such giants as Intel, Samsung and TSMC.
Still using FinFET at stages 28 and 14 nm, the company HLMC regarded as a more economical alternative to the possibility of the development of FD-SOI at the factory, designed for 300-millimeter wafer.
Being more affordable, this technology can attract Chinese developers chips for IoT, do not have their own facilities. Main contract manufacturer offering FD-SOI is Globalfoundries.
In 2015, Globalfoundries introduced the industry’s first 22-nanometer technology platform FD-SOI — 22FDX. Allegedly, the 22FDX platform provides levels of performance and energy consumption close to FinFET, at a cost comparable to the 28-nanometer planar technology. In applications where there is no urgent need to limit the performance of FinFET transistors, 22FDX provides a gain in cost and power consumption.
Last year, Globalfoundries introduced the 12-nanometer technology platform FD-SOI, and last week it became known that Globalfoundries is expanding, investing in facilities located in four countries. In particular, in China, the company Globalfoundries plans to build a factory for 300 mm plate, on which the process 22FDX. The output of the enterprise should start in 2018.