SAN JOSE ( ChipWire) — Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology stepped farther out of the shadows at the Microprocessor Forum, as Motorola Inc. unveiled a G4 PowerPC design ported to a 0.18-micron SOI process and as Intel Corp. engineers hinted that the company may reverse course and support SOI technology, initially for mobile processors and communications ICs.

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The remarks back up comments Intel executives made Tuesday in a conference call with analysts announcing the company's third-quarter results.

In the article, Barrett also said Intel was hoping to partner with a company that was a technology innovator, rather than seeking to collect a toll from other companies.”