One reason why Apple needs to look at Intels TriGate (asap)
And I bet u Apple is already looking....
From today's EE times (quoting QCOM guy); if I understand correctly they have to toss out the planar designs and start from scratch (and all the work done with planar can be kissed off).
Also note there seems to be NO EASY change from one foundry to the other in case something goes wrong.
“The design parameters for FinFETs are very different from those of the planar nodes,” Kunkel said.
"The differences between the various FinFET processes available from the foundries today are significant enough that we have to start over [with IP development] each time," he said. "Also, most FinFET processes and design kits are still in the development phase, adding to the effort," he added.
FinFETs “will drive a complete re-evaluation of your architecture--how you separate out devices and optimize them—it’s a big change,” Campbell said.
Intel has a lead in manufacturing BUT they also have a lead now in designing Trigate SoCs.
The argument Intel is behind in SoC design has been turned up side down because all the IP needs to be "reinvented" for TriGate/FF