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Tronics Manufactures the First Piezoresistive Nanowire 6DOF Inertial MEMS (SOI) Thumbnail

Tronics Manufactures the First Piezoresistive Nanowire 6DOF Inertial MEMS (SOI)

Posted on April 9, 2014
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       A year after announcing the industrialization of CEA-Leti’s breakthrough M&NEMS technologies, Tronics has successfully designed and manufactured the first batch of six-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips, with 3 accelerometers and 3 gyroscopes on a single die (press release here). Built on SOI wafers, with a die size of less than 4mm2, this 6DOF MEMS […]

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Going Up! Monolithic 3D as an Alternative to CMOS Scaling Thumbnail

Going Up! Monolithic 3D as an Alternative to CMOS Scaling

Posted by , and on April 9, 2014
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By Jean-Eric Michallet, Hughes Metras and Perrine Batude (CEA-Leti)  The miniaturization of the MOSFET transistor has been the main booster for the semiconductor industry’s rapid growth in the last four decades. Following “Moore’s Law”, this scaling race has enabled performance increases in integrated circuits at a continuous cost reduction: today’s $200 mobile phone has as […]

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Presentation on Substrates for SOI-FinFETs and FD-SOI by SEH, World Wafer Leader, Posted on weSRCH Thumbnail

Presentation on Substrates for SOI-FinFETs and FD-SOI by SEH, World Wafer Leader, Posted on weSRCH

Posted on March 26, 2014
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(Courtesy: SEH, weSRCH)   A presentation by Shin‐Etsu Handotai (SEH, the world’s largest wafer supplier) detailing the company’s line-up of wafers for FD-SOI and SOI-FinFET is now available on weSRCH (click here to access it). SEH, a $12.7 billion company supplying over 20% of the world’s bulk silicon wafers, has been making SOI wafers since […]

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Eveon and Leti Leverage SOI in Milestone: Fabrication Of Smart Bolus-type Micro-pump for Drug Delivery Thumbnail

Eveon and Leti Leverage SOI in Milestone: Fabrication Of Smart Bolus-type Micro-pump for Drug Delivery

Posted on March 26, 2014
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(Courtesy: CEA-Leti)   Eveon and CEA-Leti have demonstrated liquid-pumping for smart drug delivery in the bolus mode using a silicon-based micro-pump fabricated with a standard MEMS process. (Read full press release here.) The milestone is the first functional micro-pump integration using MEMS standard process on Leti’s 200mm line. It is a result of FluMin3, Eveon […]

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FD-SOI: Back to Basics for Best Cost, Energy Efficiency and Performance Thumbnail

FD-SOI: Back to Basics for Best Cost, Energy Efficiency and Performance

Posted by and on March 26, 2014
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By Bich-Yen Nguyen and Christophe Maleville (Soitec) We are in the era of mobile computing with smart handheld devices and remote data storage “in the cloud,” with devices that are almost always on and driven by needs of high data transmission rate, instant access/connection and long battery life.  With all the ambitious requirements for better […]

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Soitec article in GSA Forum explores FD-SOI, industry roadmaps

Posted on February 28, 2014
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Soitec Sr. VP (and FD-SOI wafer guru) Christophe Maleville has written a very good, high-level piece in the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Forum.  Entitled Technology Selection Implications Intensify and Options are Limited, the piece examines cost-per-gate trends and explores roadmap options. He shows how FD-SOI provides a path forward with continued scalability, significant cost advantage […]

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Excellent Semiwiki piece examines ST’s ADC breakthrough (FD-SOI, ISSCC)

Posted on February 28, 2014
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Semiwiki blogger Paul McLellan has written an excellent piece on the FD-SOI analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that ST presented recently at ISSCC. (Read the article here.)  He notes, “This is a very high performance ADC and thus an example of complex high-precision analog design in FD-SOI.”  He concludes, “Together with the low-power capability of the 28nm […]

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FD-SOI Keeps Moore’s Law on Track Thumbnail

FD-SOI Keeps Moore’s Law on Track

Posted by on February 28, 2014
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Take a look at this graph – it’s obvious, isn’t it? FD-SOI is significantly cheaper, outdoes planar bulk and matches bulk FinFET in the performance/power ratio, and keeps the industry on track with Moore’s Law. This was part of a presentation by ST’s Joël Hartmann (EVP of Manufacturing and Process R&D, Embedded Processing Solutions) during Semi’s […]

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Excellent ARM TechCon Video on FD-SOI Design by ST Posted on Synopsys Site Thumbnail

Excellent ARM TechCon Video on FD-SOI Design by ST Posted on Synopsys Site

Posted on February 20, 2014
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(Courtesy: Synopsys, STMicroelectronics, ARM) An excellent ARM TechCon 2013 video on FD-SOI for designers is now posted on the Synopsys site. David Jacquet from ST shares the company’s FD-SOI approach to delivering optimized energy efficient solutions for the SoC market. Jacquet currently leads ST’s architecture activities for energy efficient high performance CPU/GPU implementations. In his […]

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Chipworks cites SOI in major IBM innovations (EETimes)

Posted on February 20, 2014
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Citing SOI in the Power family of high-performance processors, Chipworks concludes that IBM is a major source of chip innovation. In a recent EETimes article (read it here), which charts IBM developments at the transistor level over the last decade, the article notes that “..the 32 nm technology used to fabricate the IBM Power7+ represents […]

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