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  • August 21, 2014 - imec's 28Gb/s silicon photonics platform for optical interconnects and other optical applications will be included in an upcoming multiproject wafer run, reports R. Colin Johnson in EETimes (read the article here). These runs, which are on SOI wafers, are a joint effort by ePIXfab (founded by imec and Leti), Europractice IC and MOSIS. They provide a cost-effective vehicle for fabless... Read more »
  • August 21, 2014 - Peter Clark at Electronics360 wrote about a recent presentation by an STMicroelectronics research team using hafnium oxide for non-volatile embedded memory. (Read the full article here.) The results were given at a Leti memory workshop in June 2014. The team presented, “... results for a 16-kbit OxRAM test chip implemented in 28nm high-k metal gate process.” The project is under the... Read more »
  • August 8, 2014 - In RF-SOI news, Peregrine and RFMD announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies (read press release here). The two companies have entered into patent cross licenses and have agreed to dismiss all related litigation. - “We are pleased that we have reached agreement with RF Micro Devices and resolved all of our outstanding litigation under terms that... Read more »
  • August 8, 2014 - Gold Standard Simulations Ltd. (GSS) announced a multimillion dollar contract to license its complete TCAD/EDA tool suite to GlobalFoundries (see press release here). The fully integrated and automated tool chain includes GARAND, the GSS ‘atomistic’ TCAD simulator; Mystic, the GSS statistical compact model extractor; and RandomSpice, the GSS statistical circuit simulator. The GSS... Read more »
  • August 8, 2014 - A new book entitled Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) Technology, Manufacture and Applications (1st Edition) features contributions by experts at Soitec, GF, TSMC, Leti and more. - Billed as “a complete review of this rapidly growing high-speed, low-power semiconductor technology,” the book covers the entire SOI spectrum, from Moore to More than Moore. It goes into SOI wafer technology,... Read more »
  • July 18, 2014 - Soitec estimates that it has shipped enough of its eSI wafers to fabricate more than 1.4 billion RF front-end semiconductor devices. (Read the press release here.) The proprietary Enhanced Signal Integrity™ (eSI) substrates are now the substrate of choice for manufacturing cost-effective and high-performance radio-frequency (RF) devices providing a power boost for 4G /LTE... Read more »
  • July 15, 2014 - ST has posted a series of helpful website page for those new to FD-SOI – click here to see it. It starts with the basics, moves onto a discussion of how FD-SOI continues Moore's Law, and finishes with info on power efficiency, memories, analog and high-speed... Read more »
  • July 15, 2014 - An excellent article highlighting Leti's work on monolithic 3D was recently published in the IEEE's Spectrum magazine – click here to read it. In the article, Maud Vinet, manager of advanced CMOS at Leti says they've worked closely with ST to ensure manufacturability. “There is no major roadblock to the transfer of this technology to foundries,” she says in the article. “I feel... Read more »
  • June 17, 2014 - Specialty foundry TowerJazz announced the availability of an enhanced RF-SOI CMOS process design kit (PDK) for its 0.18µm process technology (see press release here). The kit was developed for use with Agilent Technologies’ Advanced Design System (ADS) software and targets a wide range of analog markets including front-end modules for mobile phones, tablets and WiFi... Read more »
  • June 17, 2014 - A ppt presentation by STMicroelectronics entitled Features and Benefits of 14nm UTBB* FD-SOI Technology is now posted on WeSRCH (click here to view it). It is fairly technical, covering process boosters, modules and innovations, mask sequences, performance and... Read more »
  • June 17, 2014 - IBM Foundry Solutions announced a new SOI-based technology for RF called 7SW SOI. The company says it is designed for 30 percent better performance than its predecessor, 7RF SOI, with which IBM shipped over seven billion chips in the last three years. The new mobile phone chip technology can help device manufacturers provide consumers with extremely fast downloads, higher quality... Read more »
  • June 8, 2014 - (Courtesy: SiTime) - SiTime, which leverages SOI for high-performance MEMS timing solutions, has introduced what it says is the smallest, lowest power 32 kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator – read the press release here). With its tiny footprint and ultra-low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables a paradigm shift in the size and battery life of wearable electronics... Read more »
  • June 8, 2014 - Soitec, the world leader in SOI wafer manufacturing, has hired a former Intel exec, Thom Degnan, to take on the job of VP of the company's sales and bizdev for the Electronics Division in North America (read press release here). Soitec says that this strategic hiring supports the Electronics Division’s focus on mobile markets with FD-SOI wafers for digital electronics and RF-SOI... Read more »
  • May 28, 2014 - In an EETimes blog, Handel Jones of IBS says that the Samsung-ST FD-SOI announcement represents a major opportunity. (Read full blog here.) “Samsung Electronics has a major opportunity with its large wafer capacity to support low-leakage products with its 28 nm FD-SOI process,” he wrote. “Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys, and Mentor Graphics are all supporting the FD-SOI... Read more »
  • May 28, 2014 - Peregrine Semi has shipped the first RF switches built on the company’s SOI-based UltraCMOS 10 technology platform. With partner GlobalFoundries, Peregrine also announces the completion of product and process qualification for the advanced RF-SOI technology (see press release here). The 130 nm technology combines the performance of UltraCMOS technology with the economies of SOI, and... Read more »

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Posted by on August 21, 2014
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RF-SOI is good for more than integrating RF switches.  Other key functions typically found inside RF Front-End Modules (FEM) like power amplifiers (PA), RF Energy Management, low-noise amplifiers (LNA), and passives also benefit from integration. Last year, ST announced a monolithic approach with a new RF-SOI process called H9SOI_FEM that allows the integration of all […]

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FD-SOI: The Best Enabler for Mobile Growth and Innovation Thumbnail

FD-SOI: The Best Enabler for Mobile Growth and Innovation

Posted by on August 8, 2014
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The following in-depth analysis, an IBS study entitled How FD-SOI will Enable Innovation and Growth in Mobile Platform Sales, concludes that the benefits of FD-SOI are overwhelming for mobile platforms through Q4/2017 based on a number of key metrics. In fact, FD-SOI has the ability to support three technology nodes, which can mean a useful […]

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The SOI Papers at VLSI ’14 (Part 2): Thumbnail

The SOI Papers at VLSI ’14 (Part 2):

Posted by on July 17, 2014
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Last week we posted Part 1 of our round-up of SOI papers at the VLSI Symposia – which included the paper showing that 14nm FD-SOI should match the performance of 14nm bulk FinFETs. (If you missed Part 1, covering the three big 14nm FD-SOI and 10nm FinFET papers, click here to read it now.) This […]

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The SOI Papers at VLSI ’14 (Part 1): Breakthroughs in 14nm FD-SOI, 10nm SOI-FinFETs Thumbnail

The SOI Papers at VLSI ’14 (Part 1): Breakthroughs in 14nm FD-SOI, 10nm SOI-FinFETs

Posted by on July 11, 2014
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The VLSI Symposia – one on technology and one on circuits – are among the most influential in the semiconductor industry. Three hugely important papers were presented – one on 14nm FD-SOI and two on 10nm SOI FinFETs – at the most recent symposia in Honolulu (9-13 June 2014). In fact, three out of four […]

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Is FD-SOI Cheaper? Why yes!

Posted by on June 27, 2014
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A debate is raging over at SemiWiki following a post there entitled “Is SOI Really Less Expensive?” by Scotten Jones (you can read it here). Within just over 48 hours, about 30 comments were made, with heavy hitters on both sides of the fence weighing in. While the post itself is about manufacturing economics, the […]

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