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  • October 26, 2016 - Sony’s 28nm FD-SOI GPS rolling out in the Xiaomi Amazfit smartwatch is “…a big win for Sony” and “…an even bigger win for FD-SOI’s promoters,” said Junko Yoshida of EETimes (see Sony-Inside Huami Watch: Is It Time for FD-SOI?). Then she adds:“Huami’s watch decidedly demonstrates the technology’sclaim to ultra-low power consumption.” - Xiaomi is a subsidiary of... Read more »
  • September 15, 2016 - With back bias,12nm FD-SOI beats 10nm FinFET on performance. This excellent news comes in by way of Peter Clarke of EETimes Europe (read the whole article here). Rutger Wijburg, GM of GloFo’s Dresden fab told him, "If you look at performance with back-bias 22FDX is the same or better than 16/14nm FinFET process. With 12FDX with back bias you get better than 10nm FinFET... Read more »
  • August 15, 2016 - Samsung is adding two embedded NVM (non-volatile memory) options to its 28nm FD-SOI line-up, Kelvin Low told EETimes' Peter Clark in a recent interview (read the whole piece here). - Low, who heads up marketing and bizdev for Samsung Foundry, indicated the following roll-out for 28nm FD-SOI: - eFlash – risk production by the end of 2017; volume in 2018 - eMRAM (SST-MRAM) – risk... Read more »
  • May 31, 2016 - FD-SOI is the default choice for digital in ST's automotive and discrete group (ADG), Marco Monti, EVP of the business unit told EETimes' Peter Clarke in a recent article (read it here). The next generation of ST's most advanced microcontrollers (currently on 40nm bulk) will be on 28nm FD-SOI, he said. Monti also gave examples of other FD-SOI automotive chips ST is doing for partners,... Read more »
  • May 27, 2016 - “We intend to focus all new engagements in design using 28nm FD-SOI,” Samsung Semi’s Kelvin Low told SemiEngineering’s Mark Lapedus in a recent article (read it here). - Low, who’s senior directory of the company’s foundry marketing says they’ll of course continue to support existing 28nm bulk customers, “But we think FD-SOI has enough benefits to attract new customers... Read more »
  • May 11, 2016 - FD-SOI will be featured in the upcoming Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits (Honolulu, Hawaii from June 13-17, 2016 – click here for more info). The theme of the conference is “Inflections for a Smart Society,” and luminaries from throughout the SOI ecosystem will be featured in presentations, short courses and panel discussions. - A short course entitle “Circuit Design... Read more »
  • April 29, 2016 - From RF-SOI pioneer Peregrine Semi comes a steady stream of new chips and design wins. - News include: - Two UltraCMOS® MPAC–Doherty products—the PE46130 and PE46140 (press release here). These monolithic phase and amplitude controllers (MPAC) join the PE46120 in offering maximum phase-tuning flexibility for Doherty power amplifier (PA) optimization. Designed for the LTE and LTE-A... Read more »
  • April 25, 2016 - Registration is open for GlobalFoundries' technical webinar, “How to Implement an ARM Cortex-A17 Processor in 22FDX 22nm FD-SOI Technology” (click here to go to the registration page). The webinar will cover the optimal steps to successfully implement ARM® Cortex®-A Series* processors using 22FDXTM 22nm FD-SOI technology. - GF Design Enablement Fellow Dr. Joerg Winkler will... Read more »
  • April 7, 2016 - GlobalFoundries recently announced availability of a new set of RF-SOI PDKs for the company's 7SW SOI technology. GF, which has now delivered more than 20 billion RF-SOI chips for the world’s smartphones, tablets and more, notes that its 7SW SOI technology is optimized for multi-band RF switching in next-generation smartphones. It is also poised to drive innovation in IoT... Read more »
  • April 5, 2016 - Three of the world's More-than-Moore and SOI technology development powerhouses have signed a comprehensive agreement for ongoing collaboration and cooperation in developing new technologies for the emerging IoT market. SITRI of Shanghai, and CEA-Leti and Minatec of Grenoble will work together to accelerate the adoption of their latest technologies and create a global innovation... Read more »
  • March 31, 2016 - Coupling Wave Solutions (CWS) has a new productivity tool called SiPEX, which enables RF-SOI designers to increase the number of design iterations—including Spice simulation—up to 10 times in the same time frame. - “With SiPEX, RF switch designers will be able to make their design changes in less than 15 minutes and obtain a few decibels (dB) of variation over silicon measurements... Read more »
  • March 23, 2016 - Don't forget to get your paper submitted to the top conference with a major focus on the SOI ecosystem: the IEEE S3S (SOI/3D/SubVt). The Call For Papers (CFP) deadline is April 15, 2016. As we noted for you in ASN back in December, the theme of the conference, which will take place October 10th – 13th in San Francisco, is “Energy Efficient Technology for the Internet of Things”. -... Read more »
  • March 18, 2016 - EDI CON China 2016, taking place April 19-21 in Beijing at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) will feature a keynote talk by GlobalFoundries' Peter Rabbeni, Sr. Director, RF BU Business Development & Product Marketing. The talk, entitled, "RF SOI: Revolutionizing Radio Design Today and Driving Innovation for Tomorrow",will kick off the newly added RF-SOI Technology Track.... Read more »
  • February 12, 2016 - Peregrine Semiconductor’s new 75-ohm glitch-less RF digital step attenuator, the UltraCMOS® PE4314, is ideal for wired broadband applications. - RF-SOI pioneer Peregrine Semiconductor has announced theUltraCMOS® PE4314, a 75-ohm glitch-less RF digital step attenuator (DSA). This new DSA extends Peregrine’s existing glitch-less DSA portfolio to 75 ohms. The PE4314 is ideal for... Read more »
  • February 8, 2016 - Professor Jean-Pierre Raskin (right) receiving the Blondel Medal for his industry-changing work on RF-SOI. Jury president Professor Pere Rocal I Cabarrocas (left) of the Ecole Polytechnique - Université Paris-Saclay presented the prize. - RF-SOI substrate guru Jean-Pierre Raskin, whose team at UCL* has driven the technology behind the most advanced wafer substrates for RF applications,... Read more »

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RF-SOI is already found in virtually every new smartphone out there, so the RF-SOI session of the recent FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop in San Francisco focused on long-term growth and further opportunities. In case you missed it, ASN already covered the SF Workshop’s FD-SOI presentations (Samsung, ST and the EDA houses – click here for that post) […]

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Posted by on March 5, 2015
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More good news: Cisco is working on a 28nm FD-SOI chip. This additional boost to FD-SOI momentum was revealed during the Panel Discussion at the recent FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop in San Francisco. The EETimes coverage (which also revealed that Freescale’s putting its next-gen iMX7 microprocessor on 28nm FD-SOI – you can read it here) was quickly […]

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Posted by on March 3, 2015
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The FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop in San Francisco last week was a huge success. Over 150 people from over 80 companies attended the all-day event. There were excellent presentations, animated Q&A sessions, and lots of networking going on over coffee, lunch and cocktails.  It generated excellent press (click here to see the EETimes feature) and lots of […]

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Posted by on February 23, 2015
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Name a top Silicon Valley company, and you’ll probably find it on the attendance list of the upcoming FD-SOI & RF-SOI Forum in San Francisco. At the time of this posting, people from over 65 companies are among the hundreds who’ve signed up for this free, all-day event. If you haven’t yet, you can still […]

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Posted by and on February 17, 2015
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Soitec has developed an innovative metrology and metric for ensuring that devices built on our latest SOI wafers for RF will meet the draconian demands of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and 5G network standards. For smartphones and tablets to handle LTE-A and 5G, they need RF devices with much higher linearity than those running over the current […]

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