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Enhanced Strained Silicon-On-Insulator CMOS Devices

Posted by (Freescale) on July 11, 2006
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Freescale has investigated a selective biaxial-uniaxial strain hybridization method that significantly enhances drive current without adding process complexity. It has become increasingly difficult to scale CMOS transistors, yet still maintain high drive currents and simultaneously reduce supply voltage (Vdd). This is because threshold voltage and gate oxide thickness cannot be scaled at the same rate […]

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A New Generation of Structures

Posted by (Soitec) on July 11, 2006
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Bonding and thinning technologies pave the way to new substrates for MEMS and power ICs, and enable the transfer of finished circuits to new supports. Layer transfer and direct bonding technologies that leverage molecular adhesion and mechanical and chemical thinning open doors to new generations in advanced and engineered substrates. A spin-off of CEA-Léti, TraciT […]

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The Memory of an SOI Champion Lives On

Posted on July 11, 2006
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Soitec pledges to honor the life’s work of co-founder Jean-Michel Lamure with continued success and passion for the industry. This spring, the advanced substrate community lost a great friend and colleague, Jean-Michel Lamure. An unflagging SOI champion and Soitec co-founder, Jean- Michel spent most of his career in the semiconductor industry. As an award-winning researcher […]

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EE Times Ace Awards Again Honor SOI Innovators

Posted on July 11, 2006
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Freescale’s Leo Mathew was chosen for his novel transistor structure. IBM & Microsoft Design Teams win for Xbox 360™ Leo Mathew, a principal solid state engineer at Freescale Semiconductor, was named Innovator of the Year at the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) awards ceremony, for his invention of a novel transistor structure. His […]

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IBM Nanoscale Probe Storage System Leverages SOI in New Frontiers

Posted by (IBM) on July 11, 2006
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An IBM-Zurich team including Nobel laureates has extended the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) concept to data storage. IBM group manager and probe storage team member Michel Despont explains. While today’s magnetic data storage techniques are reaching some impressive levels, at some point in the not too distant future they will hit the physical limits of […]

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SOI-based Electronics for Avionic & Space Harsh Environments

Posted by (Cissoid) on July 11, 2006
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SOI-based ICs developed by CISSOID for extreme conditions are reaching record operating temperatures. The electronics used in Avionics & Space are subject to very harsh conditions, in particular very wide operating temperature ranges. In avionics, the sensors placed close to the engine are subject to very high temperature, well above 200°C, and airplane manufacturers are […]

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SOI By Design

Posted on April 6, 2006
In ASN #4, Design & Manufacturing, In & Around Our Industry
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The widening availability of tools and services is good news for designers in the fabless/foundry arena considering the move to SOI. Leading foundries have made the investments in manufacturing on SOI. Those that have taken the final steps – finalizing electrical characterization, constructing SPICE models, integrating design tools and building libraries – are winning business. […]

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Expert Advice

Posted on April 6, 2006
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Michael Gruver, Program Manager, IBM Engineering & Technology Solutions, gives his perspective on foundry customers and custom SOI design. Advanced Substrate News: What tools or investments would a customer need if they were going for an SOI-based solution? Michael Gruver: There are two primary areas that a customer should address if they intend to use […]

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Benchmarking SOI vs. Bulk Defectivity Levels

Posted by (Soitec) on April 6, 2006
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Monitoring defects using low thresholds is key to manufacturing yield. For inspecting SOI wafers, UV light overcomes the limitations of visible light. Here’s why.   With visible-light inspection tools, the scattering behavior of defects on SOI structures depends on silicon and oxide thicknesses. Because of buried interfaces, transmitted visible light is sent back to the […]

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Chirac Awards Innovation Prize to Soitec

Posted on April 6, 2006
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During an Elysée ceremony, the French president cited the company’s international growth and employment creation. At a ceremony held at the presidential Elysée Palace in March, French President Jacques Chirac awarded Soitec the “2006 Boldness and Creativity Award” (Prix de l’Audace Créatrice). The prize, awarded yearly, recognizes the achievements of a listed company that is […]

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