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Part 2: NXP’s new i.MX 7ULP – More on Why It’s On 28nm FD-SOI

As you learned in Part 1 of this article, NXP is calling its new i.MX 7ULP general-purpose processor, “The most advanced, lowest power-consuming GPU-enabled MPU on the market.” Now let’s get into a little more detail about why it’s on 28nm FD-SOI. If you read NXP VP Ron Martino’s terrific, two-part ASN piece last year […]

Peregrine in volume shipping of UltraCMOS® 60 GHz RF SOI Switches

Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced immediate availability of volume production parts for their UltraCMOS® 60 GHz RF SOI switches. (Read the full press release here.) The PE42525 and PE426525 extend Peregrine’s high frequency portfolio into frequencies previously dominated by GaAs technology. Both 60 GHz switches deliver exceptional performance in all key RF parameters and have a […]

EuroSOI 2017 – 3-5 April in Athens

The 2017 Joint International EuroSOI Workshop and International Conference on Ultimate Integration on Silicon (ULIS) will be held April 3-5 in Athens, Greece. Although EuroSOI has been ongoing for many years, this marks the third year it joins forces with the ULIS conference. Sponsored by the IEEE and EDS, the goal is to create an […]

GF: 45nm RF-SOI PDKs for 5G

GlobalFoundries has announced availability of its 45nm RF-SOI technology (read the press release here). Dubbed 45RFSOI, the company says it’s the first 300mm RF solution for next-gen mmWave beamforming applications in future 5G base stations and smart phones. The technology supports mmWave spectrum operation from 24GHz to 100GHz band, 5x more than 4G operating frequencies. […]

SOI Consortium Welcomes ASN News

Changes are afoot on the SOI Consortium website. You’ve seen our great new look. Now we have also brought Advanced Substrate News (known to most as ASN) into our fold. ASN has been bringing you SOI-related news for over a decade now. Editor-in-Chief Adele Hars will continue leading the charge, working closely with the Consortium’s […]

GF FD-SOI: Fab for China, Expansion in Europe

SOI Consortium member GlobalFoundries is teaming up with the Chengdu municipality to build a fab in western China offering FD-SOI (see press release here). The partners plan to establish a 300mm fab to support the growth of the Chinese semiconductor market and to meet accelerating global customer demand for 22FDX®, GF’s 22nm FD-SOI process technology. […]

FD-SOI/Shanghai Forum – Panel Sees Great Things Coming

The panel discussion rounding out the day at the recent FD-SOI Forum in Shanghai ended an exciting week (GF’s 12nm FD-SOI & ecosys, Sony’s FD-SOI GPS in the Huami watch) on a decidedly optimistic note. Here’s a quick rundown of some of what was said. (As soon as the presentations given earlier in the day […]

Big Win for FD-SOI: Sony GPS in Huami/Xiaomi Smartwatch (EETimes)

Sony’s 28nm FD-SOI GPS rolling out in the Xiaomi Amazfit smartwatch is “…a big win for Sony” and “…an even bigger win for FD-SOI’s promoters,” said Junko Yoshida of EETimes (see Sony-Inside Huami Watch: Is It Time for FD-SOI?). Then she adds:“Huami’s watch decidedly demonstrates the technology’s claim to ultra-low power consumption.” Xiaomi is a subsidiary […]

12nm FD-SOI on the Roadmap for H1/2019 Customer Tape-out! Says GloFo (While Giving 22FDX Ecosys a Great Boost)

12nm FD-SOI has now officially joined the GlobalFoundries’ roadmap, targeting intelligent, connected systems and beating 14/16nm FinFET on performance, power consumption (by 50%!) and cost (see press release here). Customer product tape-outs are expected to begin in the first half of 2019. GloFo also announced FDXcelerator™, an ecosystem designed to give 22FDX™ SoC design a […]