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The Strategic Cost Model is now the Strategic Cost and Price Model


The Strategic Cost and Price Model - 2022 - revision 02 is now available with updated 3D NAND, DRAM and Logic Roadmaps. BUY NOW!



The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model takes the top three companies in each of four segments and provides a detailed look at all of their current and past processes on 300mm and forward forecasts out to the next decade. We have also included some specialty processes.


Specifically the model covers:

- 2D NAND - Kioxia, Micron, Samsung - (out to 1z - 14nm)

- 3D NAND - Intel (144L), Intel-Micron (32L to 96L), Kioxia (24L to 512L), Micron (128L to 464L), Samsung (24L to 1024L), SK Hynix (36L to 768L for Charge Trap and 192L to 288L for floating gate), YMTC (32L to 232L).

- 3D XPoint - Intel-Micron (1st generation), Intel (2nd and 3rd generation)

- Forksheet/CFET - Generic - (10A, 7A, 5A, 3A)

- DRAM: Micron out to 1ε, Samsung to 0a plus 3D *0 layers, SK Hynix - (out to 0a)

- Foundry Logic - GLOBALFOUNDRIES (out to 12nm), Samsung, and TSMC ( out to 14A)

- IDM Logic - Intel MPU - (out to 14A) and ST Micro FDSOI - (out to 28nm)

- Image Sensors - Generic - (150nm and 90nm)

- NOR - Micron - (45nm)

- Silicon Photonics - (90nm)


In each case we present a detailed introduction date, general process's details, process flows in order, pitch by layer and node, mask layers, multi patterning usage and total masks. Process blocks, pitch and multi patterning can be edited for each case.


For each target company and process every 300mm fab they have is predefined so that if you just

pick a fab the fab details and supported processes are pre defined (although you can override them) and detailed outputs of equipment and materials requirements are provided.


Supported wafer sizes



Supported cost elements

300mm Wafer cost and price. No packaging or test.


Who should buy this product

The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model - is in use at many IDMs, Consortia, Materials companies and OEMS forward projecting markets and costs.


Latest revision updates


  • Model - Updated and added die sizes. Updated foundry margins. Extended the model coverage until 2035-Q4. Processes - Fixed an error in the Samsung 4nm logic process name on the Fabs sheet. Added Micron 1ε DRAM process and updated DRAM dates. Updated Intel 4nm and below roadmap, updated Samsung and TSMC 2nm and below roadmaps. Added Generic 10A, 7A, 5A and 3A logic processes. Split Samsung 3nm into seperate 3GAE and 3GAP to reflect differnt specifications. Split TSMC 2nm into HNS and HNS+ to reflect addition of backside power delivery on second generation 2nm. Updated backgrind throughput. Added wet etch to TSV processes. Added 3, 4, 5, and 9 plate MIM capacitors and assigned them to process flows. Added post SiGe removal wet clean.
  • Equipment - NA
  • Materials - Updated starting wafer prices. Updated 3D NAND SiN removal etch - etchant, usage and cost. Added post SiGe removal clean chemical. Updated MatrlsSum sheet to account for new materials.
  • Labor - NA
  • Yield - NA
  • Facilities - Updated Taiwan electric rate.
  • Fabs - Updated Micron Fab 15 - P4. Updated TSMC future fabs. Updated Global Foundries fab 7 expansion name to 7H.


System Requirements

The Model runs inside of Microsoft Excel and requires the user to have Excel 2010 or higher installed on their computer. There are are known compatibility issues with Excel 2007 and Open Office and any third party Excel compatible product.


Model Cost and How to Buy

A single user license allows one user on one computer and is $5,500, an enterprise license allowing an unlimited number of users at a company is $15,000. The model may be purchased at a discount on-line with a credit card here or you may email or fax us a purchase order with 30 day terms. The model is delivered by email within a few hours of our receiving an order.The model cost includes twelve months of updates and support per our support policy. Renewal costs at the end of twelve months are discounted off the current prices.


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Support Policy - the support policy, support request form and add process request form are all available here.


Support materials such as the training video, manual and applications notes are available in the registered users training directory.