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Leti’s M3D, now dubbed “CoolCube”, featured in EETimes Thumbnail

Leti’s M3D, now dubbed “CoolCube”, featured in EETimes

Posted on January 22, 2015
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Leti’s monolithic 3D technology, which has now been dubbed “CoolCube”, was featured in a recent EETimes piece.  Entitled True 3D monolithic integration eliminates TSV dependence (click here to read it), the article covers a Leti paper presented during a 3D-VLSI workshop preceding IEDM ’14.  Leti’s Advanced CMOS lab manager Maud Vinet detailed the “cool” process in […]

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Paul Boudre named Soitec CEO as company re-focuses on electronics business Thumbnail

Paul Boudre named Soitec CEO as company re-focuses on electronics business

Posted on January 22, 2015
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Paul Boudre has been named CEO of SOI wafer leader, Soitec (see financial press release here).  The company also announced its plans to re-focus on its core electronics business unit. Q3 sales were 48 million euros, up 45% over last year. The sale of 200mm wafers (which are used in chips for RF-SOI and smartpower) […]

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New interactive webinar on FD-SOI design posted by CMC

Posted on January 12, 2015
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A new interactive WebEx webinar on FD-SOI design sponsored by CMC Microsystems has been posted. Entitled Design and Characterization of Circuits and Devices in the ST 28nm Fully-Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD SOI) (click here to view it), it features two presentations by University of Toronto professors based on their recent experiences with circuit design in the ST’s […]

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Soitec, Leti, Fraunhofer hold world record for solar cell efficiency at 46% Thumbnail

Soitec, Leti, Fraunhofer hold world record for solar cell efficiency at 46%

Posted on January 12, 2015
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A new world record of 46% for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity was recently established by Soitec, Leti and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (read the press release here). Multi-junction cells are used in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems to produce low-cost electricity in photovoltaic power plants, in regions with a […]

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IEEE SOI-3D-Substhreshold (S3S) Conference Issues Call for Papers

Posted on January 9, 2015
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The IEEE SOI-3D-Subthreshold Microelectronics Technology Unified Conference (IEEE S3S) has issued the 2015 Call for Papers. Now in its 3rd year as a combined event, the 2015 IEEE S3S Conference will take place in Sonoma Valley, CA, just north of San Francisco, October 5-8. This industry-wide event will gather together widely known experts, contributed papers and […]

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Strong uptick in FD-SOI patent activity, according to KnowMade report

Posted on January 9, 2015
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There’s been a significant uptick in patents related to fully-depleted SOI, according to a new report by KnowMade (click here to get the report brochure).  The report looks at both FD-SOI and SOI-FinFETs (both of which are fully depleted technologies).  More than 740 patent families have been published to date, of which planar FD-SOI accounts for 340 families.  Following a […]

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Soitec and SK Innovation collaborate on advanced semiconductor materials for IoT and communications

Posted on January 7, 2015
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SOI wafer and advanced substrate leader Soitec and Korea’s SK Innovation (SKI) recently signed a Collaboration Agreement (CA) to establish a strategic alliance (read the press release here). The focus is on accelerating innovation in the area of semiconductor materials for information communication technologies and internet-of-things applications. The collaborative partnership will build on the synergy […]

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Samsung’s 28FDSOI – “the ideal choice” – comes with complete ecosystem

Posted on January 7, 2015
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Samsung’s “28FDSOI comes with a complete design ecosystem (PDK, Library, IP, and DFM),” says Kelvin Low in a blog entitled, “2014, What a Year It’s Been for Samsung Foundry. (Click here to read it.) Kelvin’s Senior Director, Foundry Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Samsung licensed the process technology from ST in May 2014. “Customers who are looking […]

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Simgui gets exclusive on distribution of Soitec 200mm SOI wafers in China

Posted on December 9, 2014
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Under a new agreement, Simgui now has the exclusive right to promote, distribute and sell Soitec’s 200-mm SOI wafers in China (see press release in English here; Chinese version here). Soitec is the world’s leading producer of SOI wafers. Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd. (Simgui), a Shanghai-based semiconductor materials company, is a spinoff of the Shanghai Institute […]

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Two additions to Altatech equipment lines: 10x faster ultra-thin film deposition; Doppler nano-defect inspection captures true sizing and positioning Thumbnail

Two additions to Altatech equipment lines: 10x faster ultra-thin film deposition; Doppler nano-defect inspection captures true sizing and positioning

Posted on December 8, 2014
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Two new products from semi equipment manufacturer Altatech: one for ultra-thin film deposition, and one for searching out nano-defects. Altatech is a division of Soitec, best known in the advanced substrates community for its leadership in SOI wafers. This part of the company, however, develops highly efficient, cost-effective inspection and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technologies […]

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