It turns out that SOI is good for your ROI.
As you look through the pages of this and other editions of Advanced Substrate News, one thing becomes very clear: the companies that are using SOI are getting more than their money’s worth. IBM, AMD, Freescale, Philips, Sony, Toshiba, Honeywell, Via, Atmel and more – they use SOI because it’s good for the bottom line.
What did they know that others didn’t? The new Semico study spells it out: when you’re considering a move to SOI, you’ve got to look at the big picture. If you only look at the impact of the wafer cost on wafer manufacturing, you’re missing the saving you’ll make as you move further along the manufacturing process.
Even if you didn’t bother to optimize your SOI design at all, when you look at your ready-to-ship chip, SOI COO only accounts for about 5% of total manufacturing cost, and less than 1% of the ASP. But if you use any of the new design tools out there, or rely on the expertise of leading foundries, you can save substantially on your costs.
The companies using SOI are making beautiful, powerful, efficient and worldchanging chips. In turn, these chips provide end-product designers with terrific tools in the race for “smaller, faster, cheaper, better.” The bottom line is that your return-on-investment – your ROI – looks even better when you start with SOI.