Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate transistors

Article: Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate Transistors
By: someone (, May 18, 2011 10:00 am
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Mr. Camel (a@b.c) on 5/18/11 wrote:
>David Kanter ( on 5/6/11 wrote:
>>New article up:
>>For over 40 years, the planar transistor has been the keystone of the semiconductor
>>industry. Intel's new 22nm tri-gate transistor is revolutionary, moving transistors
>>into a three dimensional world. After 10 years of research, this novel structure
>>is the next step for Moore's Law and promises to substantially improve performance and power efficiency.
>Intel stated that the layout engineers could increase transistor drive current
>(and therefore transistor performance) by placing multiple fins between the source and drain.
>Now, Intel stated that at higher voltages they are seeing an 18% performance gain
>w.r.t. 32 nm. Does this 18% improvement apply to a single fin transistor? If so,
>wouldn't it be reasonable to conclude that a 3 fin transistor could switch up to 54% faster than a 32 nm transistor?

No, on multiple counts. First of all logic delay is a
factor of driver drain capacitance, driver strength,
wire load, and driven gate load as well as rise and
fall time on the gates of the driver output stage. All of
these are inter-related and depend on design goals
and methodologies and emphasis can be placed
more on one metric than others (e.g. logic speed vs
area vs dynamic power vs logic power) depending on
one's product needs. Secondly, one can simply make
a 3 finger planar FET to put up against a 3 fin 3DFET.
It all comes down to transistor transconductance per
unit area. Intel has not disclosed design rules and
electrical parameters for 3DFET and planar processes
made with equivalent feature size to allow that kind of
comparison to be made.

It appears that Intel's 3DFET process can pack more
transistor ooomph per square micron than an equivalent
planar process but how much more is uncertain. Also
keep in mind since about 350 nm or so microprocessor
frequency has been determined by where the curve of
frequency vs core voltage intersects the power budget
rather than simply the fastest possible circuit operation
at the process maximum supply voltage. It is here that
the 3DFET process appears to be a huge win.
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