|In fact, there is no one technology that can fit all needs. For example, GlobalFoundries is readying a 22nm FD-SOI technology for low-power applications. “FD-SOI makes sense for certain people,” said Gary Patton, chief technology officer at GlobalFoundries. “FinFETs makes sense for certain people.”|
For those who migrate beyond 16nm/14nm, it will require deep pockets. In total, it will cost $271 million to design a 7nm chip, according to Gartner. In comparison, it costs around $80 million to design a 16nm/14nm chip and $30 million for a 28nm planar device, the research firm said.