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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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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 […]

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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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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 Thumbnail

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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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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Semicon Europa ’14 (Grenoble, 7-9 October) Includes Top Speakers at Conferences on Low Power, 3DI, Power Electronics & more Thumbnail

Semicon Europa ’14 (Grenoble, 7-9 October) Includes Top Speakers at Conferences on Low Power, 3DI, Power Electronics & more

Posted by on September 26, 2014
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  For the first time ever, Semicon Europa will be held in Grenoble this year, and FD-SOI will be a major part of it (website link here). With more than 5000 visitors and 350 exhibitors, Semicon Europa is the greatest annual event for the European microelectronics industry. And Grenoble can fairly be considered the epicenter of […]

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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 Thumbnail

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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