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  • April 21, 2015 - SFARDS' SF3301 cryptocurrency ASIC is the world’s first chip to use 28nm FD-SOI. Surpassing expecttions, it operates at a stunning 0.45Vt supply voltage. (Courtesy: SFARDS) - Right on schedule, the SFARDS cryptocurrency ASIC on 28nm FD-SOI has made its debut in silicon, and is surpassing expectations. In what is clearly a stunning success, the company announced that the ASIC’s... Read more »
  • April 21, 2015 - TEM cross-section of FDSOI transistor (Courtesy of STMicroelectonics) - CEA-Leti’s newest version of its advanced compact model for FD-SOI is now available in all major SPICE simulators (get the press release here). The Leti-UTSOI2.1 is the latest version of Leti’s compact model for FD-SOI, which was first released in 2013. (Compact models of transistors and other elementary devices... Read more »
  • April 9, 2015 - In a new YouTube video, Samsung’s Sr. Director of Foundry Marketing, Kelvin Low, makes a strong case for 28nm FD-SOI, especially for ultra-low-power, IoT, wearables, networking and automotive apps. The five-minute video was taped by ChipEstimate.TV host Sean O’Kane during the Cadence User Conference (CDNLive, Silicon Valley, March 2015 – click here to see it). While the first half... Read more »
  • April 9, 2015 - Hua Hong Semiconductor of Shanghai (a pure-play 200mm foundry operated by HHGrace Semi) recently launched a 0.2μm RF-SOI process design kit (PDK) (click here to read the full press release). The 0.2μm RF-SOI technology platform has been successfully validated and is ready for customers product design and development, says the company. It is tailored and optimized for wireless RF... Read more »
  • March 27, 2015 - The Heterogeneous Technology Alliance (HTA), a coalition of top European R&D organizations, is offering an SOI-MEMS platform. Looking to bridge the gap between academia and industry, this technological platform pools the SOI-MEMS expertise, capabilities and fabrication facilities of Leti (France), Fraunhofer (Germany), CSEM (Switzerland) and VTT (Finland). - The main focus of HTA... Read more »
  • March 27, 2015 - Peregrine Semiconductor teams with Murata to announce the 2015 UltraCMOS® Global 1 Initiative. This new initiative seamlessly integrates the PE56500 all-CMOS RF-SOI front-end solution and Murata filters. - Peregrine Semiconductor and Murata have launched the 2015 UltraCMOS® Global 1 Initiative, which includes the UltraCMOS Global 1 PE56500 and seamlessly integrates Murata filters and... Read more »
  • 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 »

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FD-SOI Keeps Moore’s Law on Track

Posted by on February 28, 2014
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Take a look at this graph – it’s obvious, isn’t it? FD-SOI is significantly cheaper, outdoes planar bulk and matches bulk FinFET in the performance/power ratio, and keeps the industry on track with Moore’s Law. This was part of a presentation by ST’s Joël Hartmann (EVP of Manufacturing and Process R&D, Embedded Processing Solutions) during Semi’s […]

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FD-SOI, Body-Biasing Shine in 10x Faster DSP With Ultra-Wide Voltage Range

Posted by on February 20, 2014
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Body-biasing design techniques, uniquely available in FD-SOI, have allowed STMicroelectronics and CEA-Leti to demonstrate a DSP that runs 10x faster than anything the industry’s seen before at ultra-low voltages (read press release here). In the mobile world (not to mention the IoT), the role of DSPs is becoming ever more important. All those things you […]

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IP for FD-SOI: Examples from ST

Posted by on February 14, 2014
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Interested in energy-efficient SOCs? At the IP-SOC Conference last fall, STMicroelectronics’ Giorgio Cesana presented examples of the technological competitiveness of FD-SOI IP for memories, cores, ultra-low voltage and analog. Here’s a brief recap. The complete presentation, entitled “FD-SOI Technology for Energy-Efficient SoCs: IP Development Examples” is available on the Design & Reuse website (click here […]

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FD-SOI Opportunities in China

Posted by on February 5, 2014
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Authors: Zhongli Liu, Kai Zhao, Jiajun Luo, Fang Yu, Tianchun Ye (IMECAS) The Chinese IC industry is facing a real opportunity, and Chinese IC developers are looking for points of entry to best leverage this important moment. The CTO of a large Chinese IC supplier is looking for system solutions for their SOC chips, in […]

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A New Open Foundry Source for FD-SOI? Soon, Says ST. Watch This Space.

Posted by on January 31, 2014
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STMicroelectronics will soon be announcing a “major foundry player” that will be both a dual FD-SOI manufacturing source for ST, plus an open source for the industry.  This important piece of news came out of the company’s Q4 and FY13 presentation in Paris on January 28th. While ST signed a licensing agreement with GlobalFoundries a […]

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