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MegaChips Buys SOI-MEMS Timing Leader SiTime

Posted on November 3, 2014
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SOI-MEMS timing device leader SiTime Corporation is being acquired by MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan for $200 million in cash. (read the press release here). This transaction combines two complementary fabless semiconductor leaders that provide solutions for the growing Wearables, Mobile and Internet of Things markets. “MEMS components are fuelling […]

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IntelliEPI Buys Soitec GaAs Business

Posted on November 3, 2014
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Soitec, a leader in SOI wafers and other advanced substrates, recently announced the sale of its gallium arsenide (GaAs) epitaxy business (the Soitec Specialty Electronics subsidiary) to Intelligent Epitaxy Technology Inc (see press release here).  The deal follows the previous collaboration between Soitec and IntelliEPI (see press release dated December 12, 2013). “The sale of […]

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New RF-SOI switch “game-changer” for cable industry, says Peregrine Semi

Posted on October 27, 2014
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  Peregrine Semi senior marketing manager Kinana Hussain says the company’s new RF-SOI PE42722 switch “…is a game changer for the cable industry,” (see press release here). The UltraCMOS® PE42722 is a high-linearity RF switch that enables a dual upstream/downstream band architecture in cable customer premises equipment (CPE) devices. “By enabling a dual-band architecture, customers […]

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With FD-SOI, Industry Takes Another Look at SOI (SemiEngineering)

Posted on October 27, 2014
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In a piece entitled Time To Look At SOI Again (you can read it here), SemiconductorEngineering Executive Editor Mark Lapedus charts the industry’s accelerating interest in SOI, including FD-SOI and FinFETs on SOI. He notes that FD-SOI is now planned for four generations: 28nm, 20nm, 14nm and 10nm. The offering has expanded beyond ST to […]

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FD-SOI entering mainstream, more tape-outs done, reports ElectronicsWeekly

Posted on October 17, 2014
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In a blog entitled “FD-SOI Will Be Mainstream” (8 October 2014 – read it here),  ElectronicsWeekly’s David Manners reports that the CEO of Synapse Design predicts FD-SOI will be a mainstream technology. Synapse has been working in FD-SOI since 2011, has already taped out three designs and has more in the pipeline, the CEO told Manners. […]

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Soitec receives Sony’s Best Partnership Award for its support with RF-SOI substrates

Posted on October 17, 2014
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SOI wafer leader Soitec was awarded the Best Partnership Award by Sony Semiconductor. Soitec earned the recognition for outstanding support that has contributed to Sony’s success in the RF semiconductor market. Soitec’s high-resistivity silicon-on-insulator (HR-SOI) wafers have long been a favorite of RF designers for 2G and 3G switches. But the company’s latest eSi substrates […]

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Shanghai RF-SOI and FD-SOI presentations being posted on SOI Consortium website

Posted on September 26, 2014
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All the presentations made at the SOI Consortium‘s Shanghai workshops on RF-SOI and FD-SOI are now being posted. The RF-SOI posting includes presentations from IBS, ST, UCL, Skyworks, Shanghai Technology Institute, IBM, SMIC, Soitec and GlobalFoundries – click here for those. The FD-SOI postings include presentations from IBS, ST, Synopsys, Verisilicon, Wave Semi, IBM and […]

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ST Chooses WaveIntegrity from CWS for Early Noise Analysis in FD-SOI SOCs

Posted on September 26, 2014
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STMicroelectronics has chosen WaveIntegrityTM from CWS for rapid and practical analysis of noise issues in complex FD-SOI SOCs (press release here). “ST needed a fast, practical method to ensure our IP would not be susceptible to noise issues, when implemented in complex, multi-million gate SoCs. We have also found we can optimize the power-supply requirements […]

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Semiwiki Reveals TSMC’s FD-SOI Patent Activity

Posted on September 17, 2014
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Revelations by semiwiki’s Eric Esteve that TSMC has filed a significant FD-SOI patent has generated a rush of speculation in the press and online forums.  In his piece When TSMC advocates FD-SOI…,  Esteve noted that TSMC’s patent for “Planar compatible FDSOI Design Architecture” (granted 14 May 2013) heralded the advantages as follows: “Devices formed on […]

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New Switches from RF-SOI Pioneer Peregrine for Emerging Infrastructure and Carrier-Grade WiFi

Posted on September 17, 2014
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RF-SOI Pioneer Peregrine has announced new switches for wireless infrastructure and carrier-grade WiFi.  The UltraCMOS® PE42442 and PE42452 high-isolation, multi-throw switches address emerging requirements in wireless infrastructure equipment (read press release here).  The UltraCMOS® PE42424 RF Switch enables 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points to deliver faster data rates in high-density, bring-your-own-device environments, with 60 percent power […]

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