World’s New Fastest Supercomputer? That’s FinFETs-on-SOI in Action.

The CPUs in Summit, the world’s new fastest supercomputer are built on 14nm FinFET-on-SOI technology. Yes, those IBM Power9 CPUs are fabbed by GlobalFoundries (you’ll also find them in the z14, the most recent in IBM’s z-series of servers – a series that’s been on various iterations of SOI since its launch in 2003, btw). […]

GlobalFoundries and Synopsys Streamline the Move to 22nm FD-SOI

By: Tamer Ragheb, Digital Design Methodology Technical Manager at GlobalFoundries and Josefina Hobbs, Senior Manager of Strategic Alliances, Synopsys It’s clear that getting an optimal balance of power and performance at the right cost is foremost in the minds of designers today. Designers who want either high performance or ultra low-power, or ideally both, have a […]

Chipworks cites SOI in major IBM innovations (EETimes)

Citing SOI in the Power family of high-performance processors, Chipworks concludes that IBM is a major source of chip innovation. In a recent EETimes article (read it here), which charts IBM developments at the transistor level over the last decade, the article notes that “..the 32 nm technology used to fabricate the IBM Power7+ represents […]

IBM’s Watson Gets Smarter, Helps Doctors

IBM’s Watson supercomputer, which is based on SOI, has a new job in medical training. IBM announced that the team of researchers that created Watson will work with Cleveland Clinic clinicians, faculty and medical students to enhance the capabilities of Watson’s Deep Question Answering technology for the area of medicine. Over time, the expectation is […]

AMD has made two new 32nm SOI-based product announcements: the 2013 Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit codenamed “Richland” and the AMD FX-9590

AMD has made two new 32nm SOI-based product announcements: The 2013 Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for desktops, codenamed “Richland”, which delivers a superior PC solution with increased computational performance, discrete-level graphics and an easy upgrade infrastructure. “The new AMD A-Series APU is ideal for desktop PC builders and mainstream gamers wanting outstanding performance […]

More Good FD-SOI News from DATE Conference – ST, Leti, Mentor, CMP

At the recent DATE Conference in Grenoble (DATE is like DAC, but in Europe, alternating yearly between Grenoble and Dresden), STMicroelectronics, CEA-Leti & Mentor Graphics joined forces for a FD-SOI presentation organized by CMP and sponsored by Mentor. Here are some of the highlights (the complete presentations are all available from the CMP website). FD-SOI: […]

AMD Bulldozer Architecture Leverages 32nm SOI

With performance, efficiency, and power optimization as top priorities, AMD’s innovative Bulldozer architecture is built on 32nm SOI. As of the Fall of 2011, AMD is shipping both client and server CPUs based on the new Bulldozer architecture. The first of the new APUs (CPU + GPU) incorporating Bulldozer modules will start shipping in 2012. […]