[Hmmmm, I wonder if not being able to use the planned 20nm planar production for mobility would be a problem for ARM. LOL]
[Looks like ARM mobility solutions will be stuck at 28nm for about 4 years. At least Intel will be able to take over that production need year by year...]
[In the meantime, Chump Street has no idea that the ARM fabrication ship has hit an iceberg and is taking water fast. Cue the Titanic sound track...]
[Wonder if it's too early to start planning for the ARM going-out-of-business sales...]
[Note the "unless you are Intel" comment below...]
The problems with planar scaling to 20nm may make it unsuitable for mobile applications, according to Professor Asen Asenov, Professor at Glasgow University and CEO of Gold Standard Simulations (GSS).
"My understanding is that 20nm will be power hungry node and only big players with high performance products will consider it," Asenov tells EW, "the rest will stay with 28nm as long as possible, or until better FinFET options become available."
Despite many announcements of key foundry players regarding FDSOI and FinFETs, unless you are Intel, bulk CMOS remains the only certain option for the majority of fabless companies at 20 nm.