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Built on 45nm SOI CMOS by IBM researchers, a new generation of neurosynaptic computing chips is designed to emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition. The next phase of the project has received $21 million in new funding from DARPA.

Posted September 21, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

Leveraging IBM’s RF SOI process, fabless RDA Microelectronics of Shanghai developed the RDASW91, the world’s first single-pole, nine-throw (SP9T) antenna switch with an integrated logic decoder and low pass filters in a single die solution. The target is the fast-growing multiband 3G handset market, wherein SOI offers superior performance and significant cost reduction compared to GaAS alternatives.

Posted September 21, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

NXP TJA1048 SOI 1925NXP‘s continues its line of SOI-based automotive CAN transceivers with the next-gen TJA1048 for automotive engine, body control and gateway apps. SOI enables extremely low emission and high immunity against EMI, and protects the bus pins against transients in the automotive environment.

Posted September 21, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

Continuing it extremely successful line of SOI-MEMS based products, SiTime has introduced its SiT500x family, the industry’s first Voltage Controlled, Temperature Compensated Oscillator (VCTCXO) products with ±0.5 PPM stability. Targets are telecom, networking and wireless apps.

SiT500x

Posted September 21, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

AMD FX processorOverclocked to 8.429 GHz , the AMDFX (Bulldozer) CPU has entered the Guinness World Book of Records for “Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor”. On 32nm SOI from GlobalFoundries, the 8-core FX will launch in Q4 2011, targeting gamers.

Posted September 21, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

Opteron processorCalling it “a monumental moment for the industry”, AMD has begun revenue shipments of its new  32nm-SOI  “Interlagos” processors, the first CPUs based on the “Bulldozer” architecture. Fabbed by GlobalFoundries, “Interlagos” is the codename for AMD’s 12- or 16-core 32nm SOI server processor based on the new “Bulldozer” processor core.  It carries the AMD Opteron™ 6200 Series processor brand and is supported by the AMD Opteron™ 6000 Series (“Maranello”) platform.

Posted September 21, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

This fall, EV Group will ship the EVG850SOI/450, the industry’s first bonding system for manufacturing 450mm SOI wafers, to Soitec, the leading SOI wafer provider.

Posted July 15, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

A comprehensive cost analysis study by research firm IC Knowledge concludes that FD-SOI wafers offer the most cost effective solution compared to bulk silicon for the 22 nm node and beyond. The study uses a Strategic Cost Model to evaluate how process flows would perform in a Taiwanese wafer fab producing 30,000 wafers per month in the 2012 timeframe. Strictly based on costs, it does not consider FD-SOI’s potential performance improvements in leakage and speed. The study is freely available for downloading.

Posted July 15, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

Thanks to strong worldwide demand for its SOI-based Oscillators, Clock Generators and Resonators, SiTime‘s cumulative shipments have topped 50 million units.

Posted June 13, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

New SOI-based process technology from TowerJazz for wireless antenna switches costs substantially less than GaAs pHEMPTs or SOS, and integrates control functions, low-noise amplifiers and power amplifiers on a single chip. For both high-end smart-phones and lower-end phones, the company says SOI can benefit most of the 1.4 billion handset units sold each year.

Posted June 13, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

Leveraging its Power Architecture, IBM will produce the CPUs for Nintendo‘s hot new Wii U on 45nm SOI.  IBM’s unique embedded DRAM on SOI (see ASN6) triples the amount of memory on a single chip, feeding the multi-core processor large chunks of data for a smooth and extreme entertainment experience. The Wii U hits store shelves in 2012.

Posted June 13, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

GreenChip SSL4101T controller ICNXP has introduced the GreenChip SSL4101T controller IC for Solid State LED lighting power supplies. Based on SOI, its industry-leading performance includes Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of less than 20 percent, a high Power Factor (PF) of .99, and high efficiency of 94 percent.

Posted May 30, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

SiTime, which leverages its SOI-MEMS technology, has introduced the SiT820X family of MEMS-based Programmable Oscillators, the industry’s highest-performance oscillators for telecom, networking, storage and wireless apps.

Posted May 30, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

Freescale‘s new QorIQ™ P2041 quad-core processor on 45nm SOI for security and other networking equipment delivers up to 10 Gb/s performance and operates at 12W typical power.

Posted May 30, 2011   -   Share this Buzz

SiTime has expanded its line of SOI-MEMS-based silicon timing solutions with the SiT8004, the industry’s lowest power high-frequency oscillator. The SiT8004 reduces oscillator power consumption by up to 66% and is ideally suited for high performance networking, video, computing and storage applications.

Posted April 4, 2011   -   Share this Buzz