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 […]

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 […]

China FD-SOI/RF-SOI Presentations Posted; Events Confirm Tremendous Growth

The FD-SOI and RF-SOI events in Shanghai and Nanjing were absolute success stories. Over the course of five days, hundreds of executives and design engineers packed halls for talks by the leaders of the top ecosystem players, and for tutorials given by the world-renowned design experts. These annual events have been ongoing in China now […]

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 […]

Tokyo SOI Workshop – Day 2 Recap (Part 1)

Day 2 of the recent SOI Workshop in Tokyo was dedicated to the “Convergence of IoT, Automotive through Connectivity”. Many of the presentations are now posted and freely available – click here to see the full list. It was a really full day, so the recap in this post covers about half of the Day […]

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 […]