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  • April 9, 2014 - After a very successful first edition in 2013, the 2014 IEEE S3S will take place in San Francisco, 6-9 October, 2014 (click here for details). IEEE S3S combines the former IEEE International SOI Conference and the IEEE Subthreshold Microelectronics Conference, and adds a parallel track in 3D Integration. The technical sessions will be preceded by two one-day Tutorial Short Courses.... Read more »
  • April 9, 2014 - The University of Washington’sNanofabrication Facility(WNF) is the first North American institution to get an AltaCVD™ chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system (press release here). The AltaCVD system uses pulsed deposition technology to offer a unique combination of capabilities for developing new materials. It can perform atomic layer deposition (ALD) for exceptional 3D coverage at... Read more »
  • April 9, 2014 - A year after announcing theindustrialization of CEA-Leti’s breakthrough M&NEMS technologies, Tronics has successfully designed and manufactured the first batch of six-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips, with 3 accelerometers and 3 gyroscopes on a single die (press release here). Built on SOI wafers, with a die size of less than 4mm2, this 6DOF MEMS chip is one of the smallest in... Read more »
  • March 26, 2014 - A new SemiWiki post by Dr. Eric Esteve of IPnest entitled, The Technology to Continue Moore’s Law… (click here to read it) argues that FD-SOI is the right choice. He explores cost and manufacturing considerations, and looks at the design issues in logic, memories and analog. A highly recommended... Read more »
  • March 26, 2014 - (Courtesy: SEH, weSRCH) - A presentation by Shin‐Etsu Handotai (SEH, the world’s largest wafer supplier) detailing the company’s line-up of wafers for FD-SOI and SOI-FinFET is now available on weSRCH (click here to access it). - SEH, a $12.7 billion company supplying over 20% of the world’s bulk silicon wafers, has been making SOI wafers since 1988. In 1997, SEH introduced SOI... Read more »
  • March 26, 2014 - (Courtesy: CEA-Leti) - Eveon and CEA-Leti have demonstrated liquid-pumping for smart drug delivery in the bolus mode using a silicon-based micro-pump fabricated with a standard MEMS process. (Read full press release here.) - The milestone is the first functional micro-pump integration using MEMS standard process on Leti’s 200mm line. It is a result of FluMin3, Eveon and Leti’s... Read more »
  • March 19, 2014 - (Image courtesy: SEMI, Soitec, weSRCH) - An excellent Soitec presentation from Semicon Japan entitled Innovative Substrates in the Mobile Era is now available on weSRCH (click here to view it). Given by Soitec COO Paul Boudre, it details the role of SOI wafers in RF and FD-SOI for... Read more »
  • March 19, 2014 - For the first time, SEMICON Europa will be held in Grenoble, France. The greater Grenoble region is home to industry leaders leveraging and researching SOI and related advanced substrates, including Soitec, Leti and ST. - SEMI has now announced the “Call for Papers” for technical sessions and presentations for SEMICON Europa 2014, which takes place October 7-9. Technical... Read more »
  • March 19, 2014 - A powerful, detailed article in EETimes-Asia details how FD-SOI Supports Moore’s Law (click here to read it). Written by Laurent Remont, ST’s VP and GM for Technology and Product Strategy, Embedded Processing Solutions,it explores FD-SOI’s advantages in terms of price, power and performance versus planar bulk CMOS and FinFETs and 28nm and 14nm. - Remont explains how structurally... Read more »
  • February 28, 2014 - Soitec Sr. VP (and FD-SOI wafer guru) Christophe Maleville has written a very good, high-level piece in the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Forum. Entitled Technology Selection Implications Intensify and Options are Limited, the piece examines cost-per-gate trends and explores roadmap options. He shows how FD-SOI provides a path forward with continued scalability, significant cost... Read more »
  • February 28, 2014 - Semiwiki blogger Paul McLellan has written an excellent piece on the FD-SOI analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that ST presented recently at ISSCC. (Read the article here.) He notes, “This is a very high performance ADC and thus an example of complex high-precision analog design in FD-SOI.” He concludes, “Together with the low-power capability of the 28nm CMOS UTBB FDSOI... Read more »
  • February 28, 2014 - Altatech, a CVD/equipment subsidiary of SOI wafer leader Soitec, announced a new collaborative partnership to research and develop materials for the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells. Joining forces with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Altatech will be working on new classes of... Read more »
  • February 20, 2014 - (Courtesy: Synopsys, STMicroelectronics, ARM) - An excellent ARM TechCon 2013 video on FD-SOI for designers is now posted on the Synopsys site. David Jacquet from ST shares the company's FD-SOI approach to delivering optimized energy efficient solutions for the SoC market. Jacquet currently leads ST's architecture activities for energy efficient high performance CPU/GPU implementations.... Read more »
  • February 20, 2014 - Citing SOI in the Power family of high-performance processors, Chipworks concludes that IBM is a major source of chip innovation. In a recent EETimes article (read it here), which charts IBM developments at the transistor level over the last decade, the article notes that “..the 32 nm technology used to fabricate the IBM Power7+ represents an extraordinary technical achievement. IBM... Read more »
  • February 20, 2014 - “High performing low power digital technology based on SOI” is an important part of the detailed plan submitted February 14th by the Electronics Leaders' Group (ELG) to European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. (Press release here.) The group recommends the EU focus on: - Areas were Europe is strong – automotive, energy, industrial automation and security. The target is to... Read more »

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If you’re going to be at the upcoming International Symposium on VLSI Technology, Systems and Applications (aka VLSI-TSA), you won’t want to miss the FD-SOI Technology Forum on Monday night, April 22nd, 2013. (Not to worry if you won’t be in Taiwan – these workshops are now in their 5th year, and the presentations from […]

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In a recent press release, the SOI wafer leader Soitec said that chips built on its SOI wafers were found in over half of the smartphones and tablets in the market worldwide. 50%? That’s a lot! How do they figure that? The answer: RF. With all the talk right now about FD-SOI for application processors, […]

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You saw the video of the STMicroelectronics demo at the recent CES in Las Vegas – the one of the ST-Ericsson 28nm FD-SOI NovaThor L8580, right? It’s billed as a 2.5GHz chip – an industry best, but the video showed it clocking at 2.8GHz. Well now the ST-E & ST folks are saying they can […]

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The 2013 Common Platform Technology Forum showcased “the latest technological advances being delivered to the world’s leading electronics companies,” so of course SOI-based topics were well-represented. Happily, those of us who weren’t able to get over to Silicon Valley were able to attend “virtually” via a live stream (which is now reposted – click here […]

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The YouTube video Introduction to FD-SOI by STMicroelectronics and ST-Ericsson has generated enormous coverage in the press as well as in-depth discussions across various user groups in LinkedIn.  In its first two weeks, it had over 3000 YouTube views, and LinkedIn postings of it generated over 50 Likes and Comments in a single group. As […]

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