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  • February 3, 2016 - Design & Reuse, in partnership with GlobalFoundries, ST, Soitec and Leti, is sponsoring a series of FD-SOI IP Workshops around the globe. (Click here for more information.) These working days aim at sharing information about IP that’s currently available or is being designed for FD-SOI technology. - The first conference will take place during DATE in Dresden on 14 March 2016.... Read more »
  • December 23, 2015 - Mentor Graphics is collaborating with GlobalFoundries on 22nm FD-SOI to qualify the Mentor® RTL to GDS platform for the current version of GlobalFoundries 22FDX™ platform reference flow. (Read the press release here.) This includes including Mentor's RealTime Designer™ physical RTL synthesis solution and Olympus-SoC™ place & route system. In addition, Mentor and GF are... Read more »
  • December 22, 2015 - Peregrine Semiconductor’s new UltraCMOS® PE44820 is an 8-bit digital phase shifter that delivers exceptional phase accuracy and high linearity for active antenna applications. - RF-SOI pioneer Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the UltraCMOS® PE44820, an 8-bit digital phase shifter designed for active antenna apps, covering a 358.6-degree phase range. (Read the press release... Read more »
  • December 19, 2015 - Soitec CEO Paul Boudre - VLSI Research Chip Insider has named Soitec CEO Paul Boudre to its roster of 2015 All Stars of the Semiconductor Industry. (See the announcement here.) - Boudre was cited for “...successfully re-organizing Soitec back to its core business as a leading innovative engineered substrate supplier. His first year results are already astounding, with very high growth... Read more »
  • December 17, 2015 - The IEEE S3S (SOI/3D/SubVt) has issued its call for papers for the 2016 conference (click here for details). The theme of the conference, which will take place October 10th – 13th in San Francisco, is "Energy Efficient Technology for the Internet of Things". This industry-wide event gathers together widely known experts, contributed papers and invited talks focused on SOI Technology,... Read more »
  • December 8, 2015 - Citing strong RF-SOI demand, TowerJazz has signed an agreement to purchase Maxim’s 8-inch fab in San Antonio, Texas (shown here). - With the acquisition of Maxim’s 8-inch fab in San Antonio, Texas, TowerJazz plans to quickly qualify its core specialty technologies, including its advanced Radio-Frequency Silicon-on-Insulator (RF-SOI) offering, to serve the substantial growth in... Read more »
  • December 8, 2015 - CEA-Leti announced it has developed two techniques to induce local strain in FD-SOI processes for next-generation FD-SOI circuits that will produce more speed or lower power consumption and improved performance. (For more details, read the press release here.) Targeting the 22/20nm node, the local-strain solutions are dual-strained technologies: compressive SiGe for PFETs and tensile Si... Read more »
  • November 30, 2015 - Toshiba has announced TaRF8, the next generation in the company's TarfSOI™ (aka Toshiba advanced RF SOI) process, which is optimized for RF switch apps. The first product to use the technology is Toshiba's new SP12T, enabling the lowest-class of insertion loss in the industry. Lowering insertion loss is recognized as particularly important in decreasing RF transmission power loss,... Read more »
  • November 30, 2015 - A recent NewElectronics article entitled ST’s FD-SOI transistor is set to give analogue designers a new knob to tune parameters, explores the many reasons that FD-SOI makes designers happy – even the analog folks. Editor Graham Pitcher talked to analog designer Andreia Cathelin, a senior member of STMicroelectronics’ technical staff. Among plenty of other things, she noted that... Read more »
  • November 27, 2015 - Cadence has announced that its digital and signoff tools are now enabled for the current version of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES® 22FDX™ platform reference flow (see press release here). GF has qualified these tools for the 22FDX reference flow to provide customers with the design flexibility of software-controlled body bias to manage power, performance and leakage needed to create... Read more »
  • November 27, 2015 - The 2016 Joint International EUROSOI Workshop and International Conference on Ultimate Integration on Silicon, aka EUROSOI-ULIS 2016 will be taking place January 25-27, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The event will be hosted by the Institute for Microelectronics, TU Wien. The focus of the sessions is on SOI technology and advanced nanoscale devices. The organizing committee invites active... Read more »
  • November 23, 2015 - Synopsys has announced a comprehensive RTL-to-GDSII solution for GlobalFoundries 22nm technology process. The implementation and signoff tools from the Synopsys Galaxy™ Design Platform have been enabled for the current version of GF's' 22FDX™ platform reference flow. GF has qualified these tools to use body bias to manage power, performance and leakage to achieve optimal energy... Read more »
  • November 23, 2015 - ATopTech, a leader in next-generation physical design solutions, has announced that their Aprisa™ and Apogee™ Place & Route tools are now enabled for the current version of the GlobalFoundries 22FDX™ platform reference flow. GF has qualified these tools for the 22FDX reference flow to provide customers with the design flexibility of using body bias to manage power, performance... Read more »
  • October 28, 2015 - Renesas Electronics will be coming out with chips built on 65nm FD-SOI technology by spring of 2016, reports EETimes Japan (see article in Japanese here, or a version translated by Google here). Although the story dates from February 2015, it has barely been covered in the English-speaking press. (FD-SOI expert Ali Khakifirooz talked about it briefly in a SemiWiki piece last month... Read more »
  • October 28, 2015 - Tags: FD-SOI, Leti, GlobalFoundries, GF, 22nm, IoT, design, foundry, manufacturing - Leti has joined the GlobalFoundries' GlobalSolutions ecosystem as an ASIC provider, specifically to support GF's 22FDX™ technology platform. (Read the press release here.) Earlier this year, Leti assigned a team of experts to GF's’ Dresden Fab 1 to support ramp up of the platform. As an ecosystem... Read more »

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It’s Official! GlobalFoundries Launches 22FDX: 22nm FD-SOI in 4 flavors Thumbnail

It’s Official! GlobalFoundries Launches 22FDX: 22nm FD-SOI in 4 flavors

Posted by on July 14, 2015
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With much fanfare, GlobalFoundries has officially announced its 22nm FD-SOI offering. Dubbed “22FDX™”, GF says the platform delivers FinFET-like performance and energy-efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm planar, targeting mainstream mobile, IoT, RF connectivity and networking markets. Asked by EETimes why FD-SOI here and now, GF’s CEO Sanjay Jha responded, “The mass market is […]

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Yes! FD-SOI IP Ready for GF, Samsung; Ecosystem Now a Force to Be Reckoned With Thumbnail

Yes! FD-SOI IP Ready for GF, Samsung; Ecosystem Now a Force to Be Reckoned With

Posted by on July 6, 2015
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The recent LetiDays FD-SOI workshop in Grenoble was the biggest show of force to date for the burgeoning FD-SOI ecosystem. In addition to a raft of excellent presentations, we learned two very big pieces of news. First, GlobalFoundries provided more insights into their upcoming FD-SOI offering. And second, designers opting for Samsung’s 28nm FD-SOI offering […]

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GlobalFoundries FD-SOI Webinar 24 June 2015, 10am PST: Be There! Thumbnail

GlobalFoundries FD-SOI Webinar 24 June 2015, 10am PST: Be There!

Posted by on June 13, 2015
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It’s happening! GlobalFoundries is having an FD-SOI technical webinar on the 24th of June 2015. Don’t wait – sign up now – click here to get the registration document. Here’s the information we know so far. Title: Extending Moore’s Law with FD-SOI Technology  Agenda: FD-SOI technology overview Power Performance Area (PPA) advantages Transistor control with […]

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X-Fab Interview: SOI Solutions for analog/mixed-signal, high-voltage, high-temperature and MEMS Applications Thumbnail

X-Fab Interview: SOI Solutions for analog/mixed-signal, high-voltage, high-temperature and MEMS Applications

Posted by on May 29, 2015
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With five manufacturing sites around the world and 72,000 wafer starts/month, X-Fab is a leading pure-play analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry for automotive, industrial and medical applications. ASN recently had the opportunity to talk to Tilman Metzger, Product Marketing Manager for the X-Fab Group, about when customers choose an SOI-based offering. Advanced Substrate News (ASN): Can […]

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FinFET or FD-SOI? Designers have a real choice, say experts Thumbnail

FinFET or FD-SOI? Designers have a real choice, say experts

Posted by on May 14, 2015
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Is FD-SOI a better choice than FinFETs for my chip? In some high-profile forums, designers are now asking that question. And the result is coming back: almost certainly. Is there a place for FinFETs? Of course there is. If it’s a really big digital chip –  no significant analog integration, where leakage not your biggest […]

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