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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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Some Like It Really Hot! SOI for 150 to 225C in X-FAB Webinar

Posted on March 11, 2015
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X-FAB is running a series of webinars on very high-temperature design the 18th and 19th of March 2015. A pure-play analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry, X-FAB’s broad portfolio includes SOI CMOS processes for use at high temperatures up to 225°C. The event is free, but space is limited, so sign up here. As noted in the […]

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Yes, Cisco Is Doing a 28nm FD-SOI Chip! (Part 2 of 3, SF Workshop: FD-SOI Panel Discussion)

Posted by on March 5, 2015
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More good news: Cisco is working on a 28nm FD-SOI chip. This additional boost to FD-SOI momentum was revealed during the Panel Discussion at the recent FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop in San Francisco. The EETimes coverage (which also revealed that Freescale’s putting its next-gen iMX7 microprocessor on 28nm FD-SOI – you can read it here) was quickly […]

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Samsung’s Serious! Video & Blog Encourage 28nm FD-SOI Design

Posted on March 5, 2015
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With a special blog and video invitation, Samsung pulled out the stops to help get the word out about the recent FD-SOI workshop in San Francisco. Kelvin Low, Sr. Director Foundry Marketing, Samsung SSI, posted Design Faster, Cooler, Smaller Chips with Samsung Foundry’s 28nm FD-SOI Process Technology (read it here). Embedded in the blog is a YouTube […]

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Big Boost for FD-SOI Momentum Seen at SF Workshop – Part 1 of 3: The FD-SOI Presentations (ST, Samsung, EDA & Design Houses)

Posted by on March 3, 2015
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The FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop in San Francisco last week was a huge success. Over 150 people from over 80 companies attended the all-day event. There were excellent presentations, animated Q&A sessions, and lots of networking going on over coffee, lunch and cocktails.  It generated excellent press (click here to see the EETimes feature) and lots of […]

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How SOI wafers for RF predict LTE-A/5G device performance

Posted by and on February 17, 2015
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Soitec has developed an innovative metrology and metric for ensuring that devices built on our latest SOI wafers for RF will meet the draconian demands of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and 5G network standards. For smartphones and tablets to handle LTE-A and 5G, they need RF devices with much higher linearity than those running over the current […]

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Excellent SemiWiki article on Samsung’s 28nm FD-SOI

Posted on February 9, 2015
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SemiWiki blogger Paul McLellan has posted another excellent FD-SOI piece, this time covering Samsung’s presentation at the recent FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop in Tokyo (click here to read it). Within 24 hours of posting, it had already been shared over 60 times on LinkedIn. As always, McLellan puts the presentation in perspective for the design community, calling […]

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ST video from IP-SoC on European FD-SOI ecosystem projects posted on YouTube

Posted on February 9, 2015
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A video made during ST’s FD-SOI presentation at IP-SoC 2014 has now been posted by designreuse on YouTube (you can see it here). Over 40 minutes long, it details the European THINGS2DO project, which includes almost 50 partners working on the FD-SOI ecosystem. (This follows onto the PLACES2BE project, which is finishing up this year.) […]

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Tokyo FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop (part 2): Sony 1mW FD-SOI GPS steals the show, but great presentations from EDA & design houses, too Thumbnail

Tokyo FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop (part 2): Sony 1mW FD-SOI GPS steals the show, but great presentations from EDA & design houses, too

Posted by on February 9, 2015
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The Sony presentation on a 28nm FD-SOI GPS chip for an IoT app, which cut power by 10x (down to 1mW), has gained enormous traction worldwide.  However, that was just one of a dozen excellent presentations made by industry leaders at the recent FD-SOI/RF-SOI workshop in Tokyo. In part 1 of ASN’s coverage of the […]

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Tokyo FD-SOI/RF-SOI Workshop (part 1): Samsung, ST presentations & more

Posted by on February 8, 2015
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A dozen excellent presentations on FD-SOI and RF-SOI were made by industry leaders at the recent workshop in Tokyo. Here in part 1 of ASN’s coverage, we’ll take a quick look at the presentations by Samsung, ST, IBS, IBM and Lapis. In part 2, we’ll look at Sony’s, as well as the presentations from the […]

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