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IBM Photonics (That’s SOI!) Ready for Cloud, Big Data Apps Thumbnail

IBM Photonics (That’s SOI!) Ready for Cloud, Big Data Apps

Posted on May 14, 2015
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For the first time, IBM engineers have designed and tested a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which the company says will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gb/s optical transceivers (read the press release here). This will allow datacenters to offer greater data rates and bandwidth for cloud computing and Big Data applications. Early in the program (back […]

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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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28nm FD-SOI Cryptocurrency Mining ASIC tapes out, to debut April 2015

Posted on March 11, 2015
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Cryptocurrency mining hardware company SFARDS is preparing to release its debut miner, which is built on a 28nm FD-SOI ASIC, by April 2015. (You can read the announcement here.) At the time of this post, tape out of the company’s SF3301ASIC has been announced as complete. Cryptocurrency (the best-known example of which is Bitcoin) depends […]

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IBM z13, world’s fastest microprocessor – on SOI, of  course! Thumbnail

IBM z13, world’s fastest microprocessor – on SOI, of course!

Posted on February 2, 2015
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The recently announced IBM z13, which is billed as the world’s fastest microprocessor, is built on SOI (of course!) (read the press release here). At the heart of the latest in the IBM z-series of mainframes, the chip is manufactured in 22nm SOI (partially depleted). IBM says it is 2X faster than the most common […]

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Successful RF-SOI 2014 International Symposium Held in Shanghai Thumbnail

Successful RF-SOI 2014 International Symposium Held in Shanghai

Posted by and on December 5, 2014
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A very successful international workshop on RF-SOI was held in Shanghai earlier this fall.  Jointly organized by industry leaders, it brought together world-class players in RF to discuss the opportunities and challenges in rapid development of RF applications.Sponsors included the SOI Industry Consortium, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) / Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and […]

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Is China Interested in FD-SOI? You bet. Thumbnail

Is China Interested in FD-SOI? You bet.

Posted by on October 28, 2014
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At the recent FD-SOI Forum in Shanghai, the IoT (Internet of Things) was the #1 topic in all the presentations. The event was sponsored by the SOI Consortium, the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology / Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIMIT/CAS), and VeriSilicon. By all accounts it was a great success. Speakers included experts […]

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FD-SOI: The Best Enabler for Mobile Growth and Innovation Thumbnail

FD-SOI: The Best Enabler for Mobile Growth and Innovation

Posted by on August 8, 2014
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The following in-depth analysis, an IBS study entitled How FD-SOI will Enable Innovation and Growth in Mobile Platform Sales, concludes that the benefits of FD-SOI are overwhelming for mobile platforms through Q4/2017 based on a number of key metrics. In fact, FD-SOI has the ability to support three technology nodes, which can mean a useful […]

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FD-SOI, Body-Biasing Shine in 10x Faster DSP With Ultra-Wide Voltage Range Thumbnail

FD-SOI, Body-Biasing Shine in 10x Faster DSP With Ultra-Wide Voltage Range

Posted by on February 20, 2014
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Body-biasing design techniques, uniquely available in FD-SOI, have allowed STMicroelectronics and CEA-Leti to demonstrate a DSP that runs 10x faster than anything the industry’s seen before at ultra-low voltages (read press release here). In the mobile world (not to mention the IoT), the role of DSPs is becoming ever more important. All those things you […]

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New FD-SOI Presentation by ST on Design & Reuse Looks at Cost, IP Thumbnail

New FD-SOI Presentation by ST on Design & Reuse Looks at Cost, IP

Posted on November 18, 2013
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Design & Reuse has posted an excellent presentation by Giorgio Cesana of ST entitled FD-SOI Technology for Energy Efficient SoCs: IP Development Examples (click here). It explains why the technology is faster-cooler-simpler – and more cost effective. After a quick tour of the tech basics, Cesana gets into cost/performance ratios, comparing the technology to bulk […]

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