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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: AMD's SOI process

    AMD's SOI process
    By Bateluer February 26, 2001, 07:01 PM

    What is AMD's new SOI process? I have heard a godd deal about it but I am unsure what it is. I know that AMD just had it patented so they must think its good.

    By Arcadian February 26, 2001, 08:17 PM

    quote:Originally posted by Bateluer:
    What is AMD's new SOI process? I have heard a godd deal about it but I am unsure what it is. I know that AMD just had it patented so they must think its good.

    Well, AMD may have patented their particular implementation of SOI (Silicon on Insulator), but they can't patent the technology. The thing with SOI is that it gives deminishing returns at smaller processes. IBM (who invented SOI) would have you believe differently, but Intel believes that SOI will not give as much a benefit as the cost to justify implementing it in their .13u process. AMD may in fact need it to cool their chips, and allow for higher clock frequencies (two benefits of SOI), but their returns may not be so drastic as they think. We'll see by the end of the year if they are successful in making SOI their saving technology.

    By richardginn February 27, 2001, 09:28 AM

    SOI is a very thin layer of material that goes on the CPU to reduce heat and watts.


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