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  • September 17, 2014 - Revelations by semiwiki’s Eric Esteve that TSMC has filed a significant FD-SOI patent has generated a rush of speculation in the press and online forums. In his piece When TSMC advocates FD-SOI…, Esteve noted that TSMC's patent for “Planar compatible FDSOI Design Architecture” (granted 14 May 2013) heralded the advantages as follows: “Devices formed on SOI substrates offer... Read more »
  • September 17, 2014 - RF-SOI Pioneer Peregrine has announced new switches for wireless infrastructure and carrier-grade WiFi. The UltraCMOS® PE42442 and PE42452 high-isolation, multi-throw switches address emerging requirements in wireless infrastructure equipment (read press release here). The UltraCMOS® PE42424 RF Switch enables 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points to deliver faster data rates in high-density,... Read more »
  • September 11, 2014 - In his recent piece, A couple of misconceptions about FD-SOI (3 September 2014), semiwiki blogger and IP expert Eric Esteve corrects some assertions surfacing about FD-SOI. He reminds designers that to really benefit from FD-SOI, you want to leverage body-biasing. He explains how ST has automated the IP conversion process so it takes about half the time you’d normally expect. He also... Read more »
  • September 11, 2014 - A thoroughly engaging and amusing LinkedIn Pulse piece by Bruce Kleinman comes down firmly on the side of 28nm FD-SOI. Entitled 28nm: Home Improvements (posted 13 August 2014), it’s subtitled, “Welcome to 28nm! Make yourself comfortable, we’re going to be here for awhile.” He says (among lots of other things, including astute observations about 3D), “…in my book 28nm FD-SOI... Read more »
  • September 1, 2014 - An excellent article in SST details Leti's monolithic 3D (M3D) technology, as presented at the SemiconWest 2014 Leti Day (read the full article here). Written by Brian Cronquest, MonolithIC 3D's VP Technology & IP, the piece covers a presentation given by Olivier Faynot, Leti’s Device Department Director, about “monolithic 3D technology as the 'solution for scaling'.”... Read more »
  • September 1, 2014 - Murata and Peregrine Semiconductor have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of Peregrine not owned by Murata (read full press release here). Peregrine will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata and continue with its current business model of solving the world’s toughest RF challenges. Peregrine supplies many wireless markets,... Read more »
  • 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 »

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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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Interview: Leti CEO Malier on the FD-SOI Breakthrough; Leti Days in Grenoble (24-26 June) & Semicon West Thumbnail

Interview: Leti CEO Malier on the FD-SOI Breakthrough; Leti Days in Grenoble (24-26 June) & Semicon West

Posted by on June 17, 2014
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Some years back, European research giant CEA-Leti made a major commitment to support FD-SOI, partnering with STMicroelectronics, Soitec and IBM.  Now, with the big FD-SOI foundry announcement by Samsung and STMicroelectronics, Leti’s ready to bring its vast expertise to players throughout the value chain, right up through design integration. To learn more about the range […]

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Synopsys Design Flow Support for Samsung-ST 28nm FD-SOI (With More Details on What Designers Need to Know) Thumbnail

Synopsys Design Flow Support for Samsung-ST 28nm FD-SOI (With More Details on What Designers Need to Know)

Posted by on June 8, 2014
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Following the big FD-SOI/EDA news, Synopsys has provided ASN with more details for designers.             The Synopsys’ Galaxy Design Platform has been extended to support the Samsung-STMicroelectronics strategic agreement on 28nm FD-SOI (see press release here). They’ve covered all the bases, so that designers going to Samsung’s foundry services for […]

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