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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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, […]

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 […]

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 […]