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Does China Mobile Care About RF-SOI for 5G? Oh Yes.

China Mobile is the world’s largest* telco. So when Danni Song, one of the company’s high-level project managers presented at the SOI Consortium’s 5th International RF-SOI Workshop in Shanghai, you can bet people listened. With each new slide, a glowing sea of cell phone cameras rose over the heads of the audience in the huge, […]

Outstanding 28nm FD-SOI Chips Taped Out Through CMP

ST Fellow Dr. Andreia Cathelin gave a terrific presentation at the recent CMP Annual Meeting. Now posted and freely available, Performance of Recent Outstanding 28nm FD-SOI Circuits Taped Out Through CMP highlighted eight examples – though she told ASN that she had easily over 50 from which to choose. CMP is a Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) […]

Silicon! Dream Chips’ ADAS SoC in 22FDX Posts Record Power Efficiency

They’ve got initial silicon of Dream Chips’ ADAS SoC fabbed in GlobalFoundries’ 22FDX (FD-SOI) technology, and it’s got record power efficiency (read the full press release here). The chip offers high performance image acquisition and processing capabilities and supports AI / Neural Network (NN) vision operation with a total of 1 TOPS at 500 MHz […]

FD-SOI – Yes, New Products – and Great Press, too!

FD-SOI has hit Q1 with terrific momentum, both in terms of visibility into products and in press coverage. In case you missed them, here are three articles you should definitely read: FD-SOI Adoption Expands – Technology shifts direction after years of competing directly with CMOS at advanced nodes (by Ed Sperling at Semiconductor Engineering) 22FDX […]

RFSOI Short Course – Great Line-Up! (EuroSOI, March 2018)

RF-SOI is in every smart phone out there, and with 5G, there are lots more applications on the horizon. If you’d like to learn more about designing in RF-SOI, there’s a great short course coming up the day before and in conjunction with the EuroSOI-ULIS Conference in Granada, Spain. The title of this short course […]

GF Delivering 45RFSOI Customer Prototypes for 5G

GlobalFoundries’ 45nm RF-SOI platform is qualified and ready for volume production on 300mm wafers (read the company’s full press release here).  It was just at the beginning of last year that GF announced the PDK availability for 45RFSOI (we covered it here).  Now there are several customers engaged for this advanced RF SOI process, which […]

2018 Greetings from the SOI Consortium (and a peek at what’s ahead)

ASN asked Carlos Mazure and Giorgio Cesana, the Executive Directors of the SOI Consortium, to take a moment to share their outlook for 2018. Here’s what they had to say. First of all, we’d like to wish everybody in the SOI ecosystem a safe, happy and prosperous 2018. We just finished up a great year, […]

More than EDA – Cadence Talks About Designing With FD-SOI

EDA companies Cadence, Synopsys and Silvaco all gave excellent presentations at the SOI Consortium forums in Nanjing and Shanghai. Here’s a recap of what the Cadence folks said. (I’ll cover the Synopsys and Silvaco presentations in my next posts.) Design Wins At the Shanghai FD-SOI Forum. Dr. Qui Wang, VP & Chief of Staff, talked […]

Body Biasing is Back! (SemiEngineering)

A recent article in Semiconductor Engineering announced The Return of Biasing (read the whole thing here). It’s back because of the quest to build more powerful mobile devices that support long battery life. And with FD-SOI designers can once again easily use what is essentially an old design trick for controlling threshhold voltage (Vt). (In […]

FD-SOI in China – Foundries See Interest Mounting Fast

The foundries sent their top guns to the FD-SOI Forums organized by the SOI Consortium and its members in Shanghai and Nanjing. This is a quick recap of what they said. GF: Winning with SOI “With FD-SOI, we can deliver a level of integration never before possible,” said GlobalFoundries CEO Sanjay Jah in his Shanghai […]