SuVolta Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) was founded as DSM Solutions Inc. in 2005 and originally planned to come to market with a novel form of junction FET. The company went through a reappraisal of its chances and then emerged with CTO Scott Thompson on-board in 2011 touting a fully-depleted planar transistor structure that uses doping to recreate what is done by others with silicon-on-insulator wafers.
Indeed it appeared that PowerShrink transistors with their deeply depleted channel could provide n alternative to FinFET and FD-SOI manufacturing processes, but none of the leading-edge IDMs or foundries appeared to be biting.
That was until Ajit Manocha, CEO of Globalfoundries Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.) said his company was evaluating a third manufacturing process option – besides FinFET and FD-SOI. That option he called super-steep retrograde well (SSRW), which is basically another name for what SuVolta has been doing.
It is not clear whether Globalfoundries is working with SuVolta or independently of them. But either way it helps give SuVolta's technology some credibility and is a good reason to keep an eye on SuVolta in 2013.
SuVolta's PowerShrink transistor manufacturing process achieves
FD-SOI-like benefits without requiring SOI wafers as the starting point.
It achieves some FinFET benefits with needing to make and protect fins.
But will the leading chip companies reject the technology because of
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Piyush, I appreciate the follow up. The link above went to a Kanji-font website so I reposted it below thru Google translate:
The TAM for MEMS may increase this year but we are already seeing rumblings about component price increases in 2013. I don't know how this is going to manifest itself...
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.