ASN #17 – FD-SOI: The Right Choice; ESD; Xbox 360; ST/power & more

SOI In Action

Smart power saves power
ST's newest SOI-based smart power technology delivers big reductions in power consumption in medical equipment, hybrid-electric-vehicle chargers and more.
By Paola GALBIATI (STMicroelectronics)

GPU/CPU on SOI: the Xbox 360 did it first
Microsoft and IBM moved the CPU and the GPU of the best-selling game console in North America onto a single SoC – a year ahead of the pack.
By Adele HARS

In & Around Our Industry

SOI for MEMS: A Promising Material
A new Yole report highlights growth of SOI MEM S.
By Éric MOUNIER (Yole Développement)

What Smart Stacking™ can do for you
Transferring a processed (or partially processed) layer of circuits from one wafer onto another enables innovative new solutions for BSI, MEMS, RF, 3D and more.
By Mariam SADAKA (Soitec)

ESD Protection for Advanced SOI
Deeply scaled PD- and FD-SOI require new approaches to ESD protection.  Recent work from Stanford and GlobalFoundries on gate controlled FEDs shows great promise.
By Shuqing (Victor) CAO (GlobalFoundries)

FD-SOI: The Substrates Are Ready
At the most recent SOI Consortium FD-SOI workshop, Soitec gave a presentation on FD-SOI substrate readiness. Here are some of the highlights.
By Olivier BONNIN (Soitec)

Advanced Substrate Corners

Photonics on the Move
SOI is at the heart of silicon photonics. Here's an overview of past, present and future trends.
By Prof. George CELLER (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Special supplement: SOI Industry Consortium

FD-SOI update
Data indicates that fully-depleted (FD) SOI offers an ideal combination for achieving ultra-low-power, high-performance and cost-effective manufacturability. Companies in the SOI Consortium are working together on furthering the development and technology evaluations.
By Horacio MENDEZ (SOI Industry Consortium)

Bulk to SOI Porting Analysis

5th FD-SOI Workshop (Taiwan)

FD-SOI: A Quick Backgrounder
For those new to FD-SOI, here's a short description of the basic principles.