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More FD-SOI myth-busting, courtesy semiwiki

Posted on September 11, 2014
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In his recent piece, A couple of misconceptions about FD-SOI (3 September 2014), semiwiki blogger and IP expert Eric Esteve corrects some assertions surfacing about FD-SOI.  He reminds designers that to really benefit from FD-SOI, you want to leverage body-biasing. He explains how ST has automated the IP conversion process so it takes about half […]

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Engaging Kleinman (ex-GF/Xilinx) piece on LinkedIn Advocates for 28nm FD-SOI

Posted on September 11, 2014
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A thoroughly engaging and amusing LinkedIn Pulse piece by Bruce Kleinman comes down firmly on the side of 28nm FD-SOI.  Entitled 28nm: Home Improvements (posted 13 August 2014), it’s subtitled, “Welcome to 28nm! Make yourself comfortable, we’re going to be here for awhile.” He says (among lots of other things, including astute observations about 3D), […]

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Murata to Acquire RF-SOI Pioneer Peregrine Semi

Posted on September 1, 2014
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Murata and Peregrine Semiconductor have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of Peregrine not owned by Murata (read full press release here). Peregrine will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata and continue with its current business model of solving the world’s toughest RF challenges. Peregrine supplies many […]

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ST presents silicon R&D results on hafnium memory technology for FD-SOI MCUs

Posted on August 21, 2014
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Peter Clark at Electronics360 wrote about a recent presentation by an STMicroelectronics research team using hafnium oxide for non-volatile embedded memory. (Read the full article here.) The results were given at a Leti memory workshop in June 2014. The team presented, “… results for a 16-kbit OxRAM test chip implemented in 28nm high-k metal gate […]

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ST’s Integrated RF-SOI for Front-End Modules: Why Designers Like It Thumbnail

ST’s Integrated RF-SOI for Front-End Modules: Why Designers Like It

Posted by on August 21, 2014
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RF-SOI is good for more than integrating RF switches.  Other key functions typically found inside RF Front-End Modules (FEM) like power amplifiers (PA), RF Energy Management, low-noise amplifiers (LNA), and passives also benefit from integration. Last year, ST announced a monolithic approach with a new RF-SOI process called H9SOI_FEM that allows the integration of all […]

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Peregrine and RFMD Settle All Outstanding RF-SOI Litigation

Posted on August 8, 2014
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In RF-SOI news, Peregrine and RFMD announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies (read press release here). The two companies have entered into patent cross licenses and have agreed to dismiss all related litigation. “We are pleased that we have reached agreement with RF Micro Devices and resolved all of our […]

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GF takes multimillion dollar GSS TCAD/EDA license

Posted on August 8, 2014
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Gold Standard Simulations Ltd. (GSS) announced a multimillion dollar contract to license its complete TCAD/EDA tool suite to GlobalFoundries (see press release here).  The fully integrated and automated tool chain includes GARAND, the GSS ‘atomistic’ TCAD simulator; Mystic, the GSS statistical compact model extractor; and RandomSpice, the GSS statistical circuit simulator. The GSS tool suite […]

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New SOI Textbook (and e-book) with contributions by experts at Soitec, GF, TSMC, Leti and more Thumbnail

New SOI Textbook (and e-book) with contributions by experts at Soitec, GF, TSMC, Leti and more

Posted on August 8, 2014
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A new book entitled Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) Technology, Manufacture and Applications (1st Edition) features contributions by experts at Soitec, GF, TSMC, Leti and more. Billed as “a complete review of this rapidly growing high-speed, low-power semiconductor technology,” the book covers the entire SOI spectrum, from Moore to More than Moore.  It goes into SOI wafer technology,  […]

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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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Soitec’s Shipped Enough eSI RF-SOI Substrates to Make over 1.4 Billion Devices Thumbnail

Soitec’s Shipped Enough eSI RF-SOI Substrates to Make over 1.4 Billion Devices

Posted on July 18, 2014
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Soitec estimates that it has shipped enough of its eSI wafers to fabricate more than 1.4 billion RF front-end semiconductor devices. (Read the press release here.)  The proprietary Enhanced Signal Integrity™ (eSI) substrates are now the substrate of choice for manufacturing cost-effective and high-performance radio-frequency (RF) devices providing a power boost for 4G /LTE applications. […]

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