ASN #12 – SOI-MEMS, IEDM 08

Change For the Better

Some very cool technologies are in the queue.

Things are getting interesting. Considering some of the MEMS applications on SOI, you can see how these new technologies are poised to change our world. Anyone who’s spent time with someone suffering from diabetes, for example, will look at Debiotech’s SOI-enabled Insulin Nanopump with awe and excitement.

The breakthroughs announced at the last IEDM also herald great opportunities. While this is the bleeding edge of research, the trends are clear. With SOI, researchers are finding ways to tame that nemesis of scaling: threshhold voltage variability.

Built on SOI, chips can and will get smaller and faster, and pull ever less power. And they can go anywhere designers can think to put them. That puts us on the wave to the next revolution.