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 […]

Press Heralds Lattice Semi’s Move to FD-SOI

The press is heralding Lattice Semi’s move to FD-SOI for all its new products. Recent articles in EE Journal, ElectronicsWeekly and eeNewsAnalog see it as a very savvy move. As noted on the Lattice website, their business is to provide “… smart connectivity solutions powered by our low power FPGA, video ASSP, 60 GHz millimeter […]

NXP crossover processor on FD-SOI will be even more spectacular (EETimes)

When the next generation of NXP’s ground-breaking  “crossover processors” come out in 2018,  they  “…will use a fabric of i.MX 7 and 8 processors manufactured by using a 28-nm FDSOI process,” and they “…will be more spectacular and complex.”  That’s what NXP’s senior vice president and general manager of microcontrollers Geoff Lees recently told EETimes […]

Customer demand drives Soitec launch of FD-SOI wafer pilot line in Singapore

SOI wafer leader Soitec is launching a pilot line to produce FD-SOI wafers in its Singapore wafer fab (press release here). This is the first stage in beginning FD-SOI production in Singapore and providing multi-site FD-SOI substrate sourcing to the global semiconductor market. “Our decision to launch this FD-SOI line in Singapore as well as the decision […]

GF Triples FDXcelerator Partner Base in 1st Year

As of September 2017, GlobalFoundries’ FDXcelerator program now counts 21 members. Its purpose is to extend the reach of the FD-SOI ecosystem, creating an open framework that allows these selected partners to integrate their products or services into a validated, plug-and-play catalog of design solutions. The program was first launched with seven partners in September […]

Samsung Certifies Synopsys Custom Design Platform for 28nm FD-SOI

Synopsys’ custom design platform has been certified by Samsung Electronics for its 28FDS (FD-SOI) process technology. The certified Synopsys custom design platform includes HSPICE® golden-accuracy circuit simulation, Custom Compiler™ visually-assisted layout automation, StarRC™ gold-standard parasitic extraction and IC Validator scalable physical signoff. The Synopsys custom design platform provides improved custom and mixed-signal design productivity for […]

GlobalFoundries, Verisilicon putting 1st complete IoT modem on single FD-SOI chip

Leveraging GF’s 22FDX® FD-SOI technology, GlobalFoundries and Verisilicon are developing IP to enable a complete cellular modem module on a single chip, including integrated baseband, power management, RF radio and front-end module combining both Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M capabilities. (Read the full press release here.) The new approach is expected to deliver significant improvements […]

$100M+ investment for FDX™ FD-SOI Chengdu design center of excellence

GlobalFoundries  and the Chengdu municipality plan to build a world-class FD-SOI ecosystem including multiple design centers in Chengdu and university programs across China. They’ve announced an investment of more than $100 million, which is expected to attract leading semiconductor companies to Chengdu, making it a center of excellence for designing next-generation chips in mobile, IoT, […]

Samsung Announces Next FD-SOI Node: 18nm

Big News: Samsung has officially revealed that their next FD-SOI node is 18nm.  The announcement was made at the recent Samsung Foundry Forum, which showcased a number of new technologies that the company says will help enable the development of new devices connecting consumers in entirely new ways. (You can read the full press release […]

SOI Visionary Sorin Cristoloveanu Receives IEEE 2017 Andrew Grove Award

Sorin Cristoloveanu has been named the 2017 recipient of one of the IEEE’s highest honors, the Andrew Grove Award, for his “contributions to silicon-on-insulator technology and thin body devices.” An IEEE Fellow and highly regarded figure in the SOI community, Sorin is the Director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS […]