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  • November 3, 2014 - SOI-MEMS timing device leader SiTime Corporation is being acquired by MegaChips Corporation,a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan for $200 million in cash. (read the press release here). This transaction combines two complementary fabless semiconductor leaders that provide solutions for the growing Wearables, Mobile and Internet of Things markets. - “MEMS components... Read more »
  • November 3, 2014 - Soitec, a leader in SOI wafers and other advanced substrates, recently announced the sale of its gallium arsenide (GaAs) epitaxy business (the Soitec Specialty Electronics subsidiary) to Intelligent Epitaxy Technology Inc (see press release here). The deal follows the previous collaboration between Soitec and IntelliEPI (see press release dated December 12, 2013). - “The sale of our... Read more »
  • October 27, 2014 - Peregrine Semi's new RF-SOI based UltraCMOS® PE42722 high-linearity RF switch allows customer premises equipment (CPE) vendors to future proof their devices to meet the strict linearity requirements of the DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Industry Standard (Courtesy: Peregrine Semi) - Peregrine Semi senior marketing manager Kinana Hussain says the company's new RF-SOI PE42722 switch “...is a game... Read more »
  • October 27, 2014 - In a piece entitled Time To Look At SOI Again (you can read it here), SemiconductorEngineering Executive Editor Mark Lapedus charts the industry's accelerating interest in SOI, including FD-SOI and FinFETs on SOI. - He notes that FD-SOI is now planned for four generations: 28nm, 20nm, 14nm and 10nm. The offering has expanded beyond ST to Samsung and GF. He quotes GF's Mike Mendicino as... Read more »
  • October 17, 2014 - In a blog entitled “FD-SOI Will Be Mainstream” (8 October 2014 – read it here), ElectronicsWeekly'sDavid Manners reports that the CEO of Synapse Design predicts FD-SOI will be a mainstream technology. - Synapse has been working in FD-SOI since 2011, has already taped out three designs and has more in the pipeline, the CEO told Manners. He sees a lot of activity coming from Japan... Read more »
  • October 17, 2014 - (Courtesy: Sony and Soitec) - SOI wafer leader Soitec was awarded the Best Partnership Award by Sony Semiconductor. Soitec earned the recognition for outstanding support that has contributed to Sony’s success in the RF semiconductor market. - Soitec’s high-resistivity silicon-on-insulator (HR-SOI) wafers have long been a favorite of RF designers for 2G and 3G switches. But the... Read more »
  • September 26, 2014 - All the presentations made at the SOI Consortium's Shanghai workshops on RF-SOI and FD-SOI are now being posted. - The RF-SOI posting includes presentations from IBS, ST, UCL, Skyworks, Shanghai Technology Institute, IBM, SMIC, Soitec and GlobalFoundries – click here for those. - The FD-SOI postings include presentations from IBS, ST, Synopsys, Verisilicon, Wave Semi, IBM and... Read more »
  • September 26, 2014 - STMicroelectronics has chosen WaveIntegrityTM from CWS for rapid and practical analysis of noise issues in complex FD-SOI SOCs (press release here). - “ST needed a fast, practical method to ensure our IP would not be susceptible to noise issues, when implemented in complex, multi-million gate SoCs. We have also found we can optimize the power-supply requirements to IP in the knowledge... Read more »
  • 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 »

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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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Samsung Foundry Marketing Director Writes About Extending 28nm With FD-SOI Thumbnail

Samsung Foundry Marketing Director Writes About Extending 28nm With FD-SOI

Posted on May 28, 2014
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Samsung’s Senior Director Foundry Marketing Kelvin Low blogged enthusiastically about the recent Samsung-STMicroelectronics FD-SOI announcement  on the company’s website. He has graciously agreed to let ASN repost it here – and says we’ll be hearing more from him in the future.   Without further ado, here’s what he said:   While 14nm FinFET is the darling […]

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