Samsung Foundry Marketing Director Writes About Extending 28nm With FD-SOI

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Samsung’s Senior Director Foundry Marketing Kelvin Low blogged enthusiastically about the recent Samsung-STMicroelectronics FD-SOI announcement  on the company’s website. He has graciously agreed to let ASN repost it here – and says we’ll be hearing more from him in the future.


Without further ado, here’s what he said:


While 14nm FinFET is the darling of the foundry industry at the moment, 28nm is the process node that everyone agrees will be used for many years to come for a wide variety of application designs.  Since 28nm will be long-lived, Samsung Foundry is taking steps to broaden its 28nm portfolio offering.

Today, Samsung entered into strategic agreement with ST Micro to license ST’s 28nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI).  See full release below.  This agreement is another example of Samsung collaborating with strategic partners to offer customers leading-edge process technology with multi-source availability.  In this case, Samsung is able to run high-volume 28nm FD-SOI in its 300mm fabs in Korea to complement ST’s fab in France.

FD-SOI is one of those unique technologies that allows for the continuation of Moore’s Law with an upgrade to traditional planar semiconductor process technology.  This particular version of FD-SOI delivers a nice balance of higher performance with low power and is well suited for mobile and consumer electronics to IT infrastructure applications.


Are you considering a new SoC design with 28nm FD-SOI?  If so, we’d like to hear from you.


He then followed with a reposting of the press release, (you can see his whole blog on the Samsung website here.)

So there it is: Samsung is truly bullish on FD-SOI.  This is excellent news for the greater FD-SOI ecosystem – and for the entire design community.

To borrow a line from Bogart in the classic Casablanca, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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