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  • 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 »
  • June 17, 2014 - A ppt presentation by STMicroelectronics entitled Features and Benefits of 14nm UTBB* FD-SOI Technology is now posted on WeSRCH (click here to view it). It is fairly technical, covering process boosters, modules and innovations, mask sequences, performance and... Read more »
  • June 17, 2014 - IBM Foundry Solutions announced a new SOI-based technology for RF called 7SW SOI. The company says it is designed for 30 percent better performance than its predecessor, 7RF SOI, with which IBM shipped over seven billion chips in the last three years. The new mobile phone chip technology can help device manufacturers provide consumers with extremely fast downloads, higher quality... Read more »
  • June 8, 2014 - (Courtesy: SiTime) - SiTime, which leverages SOI for high-performance MEMS timing solutions, has introduced what it says is the smallest, lowest power 32 kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator – read the press release here). With its tiny footprint and ultra-low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables a paradigm shift in the size and battery life of wearable electronics... Read more »
  • June 8, 2014 - Soitec, the world leader in SOI wafer manufacturing, has hired a former Intel exec, Thom Degnan, to take on the job of VP of the company's sales and bizdev for the Electronics Division in North America (read press release here). Soitec says that this strategic hiring supports the Electronics Division’s focus on mobile markets with FD-SOI wafers for digital electronics and RF-SOI... Read more »
  • May 28, 2014 - In an EETimes blog, Handel Jones of IBS says that the Samsung-ST FD-SOI announcement represents a major opportunity. (Read full blog here.) “Samsung Electronics has a major opportunity with its large wafer capacity to support low-leakage products with its 28 nm FD-SOI process,” he wrote. “Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys, and Mentor Graphics are all supporting the FD-SOI... Read more »
  • May 28, 2014 - Peregrine Semi has shipped the first RF switches built on the company’s SOI-based UltraCMOS 10 technology platform. With partner GlobalFoundries, Peregrine also announces the completion of product and process qualification for the advanced RF-SOI technology (see press release here). The 130 nm technology combines the performance of UltraCMOS technology with the economies of SOI, and... Read more »

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At a high-profile ceremony near Grenoble last month, FD-SOI got a big boost – a 600 million Euro boost (about $800 million), to be exact.  Top French ministers gathered at the STMicroelectronics site in Crolles (near Grenoble) for the launch of the Nano2017 Research and Development program. Also present at the ceremony were key partners […]

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More than 65% Smartphone RF Switches on SOI, Says Yole; Power Amps Next

Posted by on July 19, 2013
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The industry research firm Yole Développement says that more than 65 percent of substrates used in fabricating switches for handsets are SOI-based. This is a high-growth part of the market, putting up double-digit increases. Like a standard SOI wafer, an RF SOI substrate has an active (“top”) layer on which CMOS transistors are built, with […]

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Ready for FD-SOI, Says World’s Largest Silicon Wafer Company

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The world’s largest maker of silicon wafers, Shin‐Etsu Handotai (SEH) says it’s meeting the specs for FD-SOI wafers, and can quickly expand capacity to meet rising demand. This message was delivered by Nobuhiko Noto of SEH during his presentation at the recent FD-SOI Workshop in Kyoto, Japan. SEH, a $12.7 billion company supplying over 20% […]

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GlobalFoundries On Cost vs. Performance for FD-SOI, Bulk and FinFET

Posted by on July 3, 2013
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According to Shigeru Shimauchi, Country Manager, GlobalFoundries Japan, for the same level of performance, the die cost for 28nm FD-SOI will be substantially less than for 28nm bulk HPP (“high performance-plus”). Specifically, to get a 30%  increase in performance over 28nm bulk LPS PolySiON, HPP increases die cost by 30%, while FD-SOI only increases die […]

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