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  • March 11, 2015 - Cryptocurrency mining hardware company SFARDS is preparing to release its debut miner, which is built on a 28nm FD-SOI ASIC, by April 2015. (You can read the announcement here.) - At the time of this post, tape out of the company’s SF3301ASIC has been announced as complete. Cryptocurrency (the best-known example of which is Bitcoin) depends on “ledgers” supported by bitcoin... Read more »
  • March 11, 2015 - X-FAB is running a series of webinars on very high-temperature design the 18th and 19th of March 2015. A pure-play analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry, X-FAB’s broad portfolio includes SOI CMOS processes for use at high temperatures up to 225°C. The event is free, but space is limited, so sign up here. - As noted in the program announcement, an increasing number of applications... Read more »
  • March 5, 2015 - With a special blog and video invitation, Samsung pulled out the stops to help get the word out about the recent FD-SOI workshop in San Francisco. Kelvin Low, Sr. Director Foundry Marketing,SamsungSSI, posted Design Faster, Cooler, Smaller Chips with Samsung Foundry’s 28nm FD-SOI Process Technology (read it here). Embedded in the blog is a YouTube video encouraging people to attend... Read more »
  • March 5, 2015 - SemiWiki founder Dan Nenni notes that their 41 FD-SOI related posts to date have drawn over 200,000 views (you can read his whole post about it here). Of that, he notes, over 60,000 came to the site directly via a search for the keyword FD-SOI. “So, if there is a question in your mind as to when FD-SOI will come to the mainstream semiconductor market the answer is very soon,... Read more »
  • March 3, 2015 - Freescale is designing its next generation microprocessor, the iMX7, on 28nm FD-SOI, EETimes has just revealed. This was in an article by Chief International Correspondent Junko Yoshida entitled Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI (read it here). Freescale microcontroller SVP & GM Geoff Lees told EETimes the chip’s designed for “'secure' IoT applications, including... Read more »
  • March 3, 2015 - NXP recently expanded its GreenChip line of SOI-based power supply controller ICs with the new TEA1832TS (click here for more product info). Here at ASN, we first covered this line back in 2011 (see that Buzz here), and NXP’s been adding to it ever since. - Smart, green power supplies are one of the most important ways that designers reduce the power consumption of modern electronics.... Read more »
  • February 23, 2015 - SureCore's ultra-low power SRAM technology on 28nm FD-SOI saves 70% in read/write power and reduces leakage by 30% compared to 40nm bulk implementations, writes SemiconductorEngineering Editor-In-Chief Ed Sperling (read the article here). Hitting the sweet spot for mobile, IoT and wearables, SureCore recently raised $1.6 million in... Read more »
  • February 23, 2015 - SiTime's SOI-MEMS solution is a key part of a new realtime health and fitness tracking solution from MegaChips called “frizz”. MegaChips has announced a partnership with Bosch Sensortec to provide a complete reference design for use of frizz in smartphones, wearables and other personal devices allowing consumers to monitor their activities in real time (read the press release here).... Read more »
  • February 17, 2015 - A recent post by Eric Esteve on SemiWiki, entitled Sony Endorses FD-SOI to Attack Wearable & IoT (click here to read it) delves into some of the technical and design details of Sony's Tokyo presentation on a 1mW 28nm FD-SOI GPS. (The full presentation is available here. Or click here to read the ASN overview of all the Tokyo presentations.) For the design community, IP expert Esteve... Read more »
  • February 17, 2015 - ARM is working on FD-SOI libraries, and the ecosystem is now there, says David Manners of Electronics Weekly. In two separate pieces, he cited conversations with ARM EVP Pete Hutton. In Microcontrollers Become Major at ARM (click here to read it), Hutton confirmed both the FD-SOI libraries and customers. In Cinderella (click here to read it), Manners looked at all the FD-SOI pieces –... Read more »
  • February 9, 2015 - SemiWiki blogger Paul McLellan has posted another excellent FD-SOI piece, this time covering Samsung's presentation at the recent FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop in Tokyo (click here to read it). Within 24 hours of posting, it had already been shared over 60 times on LinkedIn. As always, McLellan puts the presentation in perspective for the design community, calling out key... Read more »
  • February 9, 2015 - (Courtesy: ST, designreuse) - A video made during ST's FD-SOI presentation at IP-SoC 2014 has now been posted by designreuse on YouTube (you can see it here). Over 40 minutes long, it details the European THINGS2DO project, which includes almost 50 partners working on the FD-SOI ecosystem. (This follows onto the PLACES2BE project, which is finishing up this year.) It underscores the... Read more »
  • February 8, 2015 - In a SemiEngineering piece entitled FD-SOI meets the IoT, Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler talked to a couple of design houses working on FD-SOI IoT projects. Synapse Design has taped out multiple chips, and has more projects underway, they told her, with reports of impressive power savings. In close collaboration with a foundry, OpenSilicon is working on an FD-SOI test chip that... Read more »
  • February 8, 2015 - (Courtesy: Peregrine Semiconductor) - Peregrine Semiconductor has unveiled the UltraCMOS® PE42524, the industry's first RF-SOI switch to operate up to 40 GHz (click here for product details, and here for the press release). This switch significantly extends Peregrine's high-frequency portfolio into frequencies previously dominated by gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology. “Our UltraCMOS... Read more »
  • February 2, 2015 - A new EETimes article entitled Sony Joins FD-SOI Club by Chief International Correspondent Junko Yoshida has created a tremendous buzz (click here to read it). The piece covers Sony's presentation at the latest RF/FD-SOI workshop in Tokyo (many of the presentation are now posted here). Sony described their design experience with porting a GPS chip to 28nm FD-SOI, which resulted in a... Read more »

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Posted by on August 21, 2014
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RF-SOI is good for more than integrating RF switches.  Other key functions typically found inside RF Front-End Modules (FEM) like power amplifiers (PA), RF Energy Management, low-noise amplifiers (LNA), and passives also benefit from integration. Last year, ST announced a monolithic approach with a new RF-SOI process called H9SOI_FEM that allows the integration of all […]

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Posted by on August 8, 2014
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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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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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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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