Chillin' Chips

Whelan, David
September 2005
Forbes Asia;9/19/2005, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p61
The article focuses on the development of the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) engineered to reduce the power consumption of microprocessors by silicon maker Soitec. Advanced Micro Devices used Soitec's wafers for its Opteron computer server chips and Athlon 64 personal computer chips. The largest SOI wafers priced for about $1,000 each compared with $300 for a standard silicon wafer. In 1999, the company went public at $3.44 and its stock increased to $39 amid expectations that SOI would be adopted immediately.


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