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FinFET or FD-SOI? Designers have a real choice, say experts Thumbnail

FinFET or FD-SOI? Designers have a real choice, say experts

Posted by on May 14, 2015
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Is FD-SOI a better choice than FinFETs for my chip? In some high-profile forums, designers are now asking that question. And the result is coming back: almost certainly. Is there a place for FinFETs? Of course there is. If it’s a really big digital chip –  no significant analog integration, where leakage not your biggest […]

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ASN Celebrates a Decade of SOI News, Views and Commentary Thumbnail

ASN Celebrates a Decade of SOI News, Views and Commentary

Posted by on April 21, 2015
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April 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of the first ever issue of Advanced Substrate News, aka ASN, covering news and views from the SOI ecosystem. Wow, were we precient. Consider some of the topics we covered in that first edition, back in April of 2005: the Oki FD-SOI chip in the Casio G-Shock watch FinFET […]

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Huge Success of Semicon China: Opportunities in a Fast-Changing Landscape Thumbnail

Huge Success of Semicon China: Opportunities in a Fast-Changing Landscape

Posted by on March 27, 2015
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Semicon China (Shanghai, 17-21 March 2015) was an awe-inspiring event.   The sheer size and the energy were dazzling. But it was the investment plans prompted by the government’s injection of RMB 120 billion (US$19.6 billion) last fall in seed money for the industry with supporting local funds pouring in that was clearly the source of […]

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RF-SOI: Already in Every Smartphone, New Opps Abound in IoT (SF Workshop Part 3 of 3: IBM, ST, GF and more) Thumbnail

RF-SOI: Already in Every Smartphone, New Opps Abound in IoT (SF Workshop Part 3 of 3: IBM, ST, GF and more)

Posted by on March 11, 2015
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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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Yes, Cisco Is Doing a 28nm FD-SOI Chip! (Part 2 of 3, SF Workshop: FD-SOI Panel Discussion) Thumbnail

Yes, Cisco Is Doing a 28nm FD-SOI Chip! (Part 2 of 3, SF Workshop: FD-SOI Panel Discussion)

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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Big Boost for FD-SOI Momentum Seen at SF Workshop  –  Part 1 of 3: The FD-SOI Presentations (ST, Samsung, EDA & Design Houses) Thumbnail

Big Boost for FD-SOI Momentum Seen at SF Workshop – Part 1 of 3: The FD-SOI Presentations (ST, Samsung, EDA & Design Houses)

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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Top Silicon Valley Companies Signed Up for FD-SOI & RF-SOI Forum (27 Feb. 2015 in SF, free, registration still open) Thumbnail

Top Silicon Valley Companies Signed Up for FD-SOI & RF-SOI Forum (27 Feb. 2015 in SF, free, registration still open)

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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Tokyo FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop (part 2): Sony 1mW FD-SOI GPS steals the show, but great presentations from EDA & design houses, too Thumbnail

Tokyo FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop (part 2): Sony 1mW FD-SOI GPS steals the show, but great presentations from EDA & design houses, too

Posted by on February 9, 2015
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The Sony presentation on a 28nm FD-SOI GPS chip for an IoT app, which cut power by 10x (down to 1mW), has gained enormous traction worldwide.  However, that was just one of a dozen excellent presentations made by industry leaders at the recent FD-SOI/RF-SOI workshop in Tokyo. In part 1 of ASN’s coverage of the […]

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Tokyo FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop (part 1): Samsung, ST presentations & more Thumbnail

Tokyo FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop (part 1): Samsung, ST presentations & more

Posted by on February 8, 2015
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A dozen excellent presentations on FD-SOI and RF-SOI were made by industry leaders at the recent workshop in Tokyo. Here in part 1 of ASN’s coverage, we’ll take a quick look at the presentations by Samsung, ST, IBS, IBM and Lapis. In part 2, we’ll look at Sony’s, as well as the presentations from the […]

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LTE-A/5G: Bring it on.  Next-gen Soitec eSI90 wafers predict & improve RF performance. Thumbnail

LTE-A/5G: Bring it on. Next-gen Soitec eSI90 wafers predict & improve RF performance.

Posted by on February 2, 2015
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The folks at SOI wafer maker Soitec have announced an amazing update to their RF wafer line-up, with what they’re calling their eSI90 substrate (read the press release here). As you might expect, it improves on their terrifically successful line of substrates for the RF chips in smartphones and other mobile devices. And now with […]

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