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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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Synapse Design CEO Interview: Designs Taping Out for Very High-Volume 28nm FD-SOI SOCs, Production in 2016 Thumbnail

Synapse Design CEO Interview: Designs Taping Out for Very High-Volume 28nm FD-SOI SOCs, Production in 2016

Posted by on April 30, 2015
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ASN spoke recently with Satish Bagalkotkar, the CEO of Synapse Design, which he co-founded with Devesh Gautam in 2003. With 800+ employees, the firm designs chips for the biggest companies in the industry. He’s very optimistic about FD-SOI. Here’s why. Advanced Substrate News (ASN): How long has Synapse Design been working in FD-SOI? What sorts […]

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GlobalFoundries Blogs that IoT Future Is Bright With RF-SOI, FD-SOI

Posted on April 30, 2015
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A recent GlobalFoundries blog entitled RF-SOI is IoT’s Future, and the Future is Bright (read it here) says, “RF SOI is a win-win technology option that can improve performance and data speed in smartphones and tablets, and it is expected to play a key role in the Internet of Things applications as well.” The blog […]

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RF-SOI Key in MagnaChip IoT Plans

Posted on April 27, 2015
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RF-SOI will play a key role in the IoT plans of analog and mixed-signal specialist MagnaChip (read the press release here). The company has launched a task force to address IoT. The statement says, “MagnaChip also offers 0.18 micron and plans to offer 0.13 micron Silicon on Insulator (SOI) RF-CMOS technologies, which is suitable for […]

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New Semico Study on SOI Apps, Opps & Markets

Posted on April 27, 2015
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Research and consulting group Semico has issued a new report entitled SOI Update 2015: Finding New Applications (for information on getting a copy of the report, click here). As described on the Semico website: “With the recent growth in RF-SOI for switches and integrated solutions for RF functions such as power amplifiers and transceivers, the […]

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28nm FD-SOI cryptocurrency ASIC first to debut in silicon, surpasses expectations with 0.45V operation Thumbnail

28nm FD-SOI cryptocurrency ASIC first to debut in silicon, surpasses expectations with 0.45V operation

Posted on April 21, 2015
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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 lowest working voltage is 0.45V. This means it operates stably at a power supply voltage that’s about half that of competing 28nm […]

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Newest Leti Compact Model for FD-SOI Further Improves Predictability and Accuracy Thumbnail

Newest Leti Compact Model for FD-SOI Further Improves Predictability and Accuracy

Posted on April 21, 2015
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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 are used to predict the behavior […]

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Interview (Leti): How a new platform helps designers get the most out of FD-SOI for IoT, ULP Thumbnail

Interview (Leti): How a new platform helps designers get the most out of FD-SOI for IoT, ULP

Posted on April 9, 2015
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A driving force in FD-SOI, Leti recently announced a service called Silicon Impulse®, a new FD-SOI platform for IoT & ultra-low-power (ULP) apps that helps start-ups, SMEs and large companies evaluate, design, prototype & move to volume. Olivier Thomas, who’s in charge of the program and Ali Erdengiz, who’s Business Development Manager for Leti explain […]

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Samsung/ChipEstimate video gives strong plug for FD-SOI Thumbnail

Samsung/ChipEstimate video gives strong plug for FD-SOI

Posted on April 9, 2015
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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). […]

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Hua Hong (“Grace”) Semi Launches New RF-SOI Tech Platform and PDK Thumbnail

Hua Hong (“Grace”) Semi Launches New RF-SOI Tech Platform and PDK

Posted on April 9, 2015
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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 […]

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