I believe that Intel would agree with you. And you may be right about foundries as well, except for one fact. Namely, that if foundry customers say they want to use SOI wafers, then foundries will let them. Period.
Solitec is not the only supplier of SOI wafers. In fact, nearly any wafer maker can be pursuaded to create functionalized wafes for special purposes--especially at the 400 percent premium they can charge!
IBM continues to make impacts on technological progress(es) and what they are doing has R&D value and it contributes to the evolution of foundry process(es). But at the end, Foundries may not use these processes as a baseline processes for their customers. Simply it may not be THE process(es) foundries can use for baseline process economically.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.