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 […]

Why Dan Hutcheson/VLSIresearch, Inc. (finally!) Likes FD-SOI

Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSIresearch, Inc. finally likes FD-SOI. That’s important, because he’s a really influential person in the chip world. Everybody who’s anybody in the chip biz pays attention to what VLSIresearch, Inc. has to say. Dan recently gave a talk entitled “FD-SOI: Disruptive or Just Another Process?” to a packed-to-the-brim room during the […]

Use 28nm FD-SOI, Samsung advises new customers and designers (SemiEngineering)

“We intend to focus all new engagements in design using 28nm FD-SOI,” Samsung Semi’s Kelvin Low told SemiEngineering’s Mark Lapedus in a recent article (read it here). Low, who’s senior directory of the company’s foundry marketing says they’ll of course continue to support existing 28nm bulk customers, “But we think FD-SOI has enough benefits to […]

GF’s New RF-SOI PDK Simplifies Design for Smartphones, IoT

GlobalFoundries recently announced availability of a new set of RF-SOI PDKs for the company’s 7SW SOI technology. GF, which has now delivered more than 20 billion RF-SOI chips for the world’s smartphones, tablets and more, notes that its 7SW SOI technology is optimized for multi-band RF switching in next-generation smartphones. It is also poised to […]

NXP’s Latest i.MX Applications Processors for IoT/Wearables and Automotive – Here’s Why They’re on FD-SOI [Part 1 of 2]

By Ronald M. Martino, Vice President, i.MX Applications Processor and Advanced Technology Adoption, NXP Semiconductors The latest generations of power efficient and full-featured applications processors in NXP’s very successful and broadly deployed i.MX platform are being manufactured on 28nm FD-SOI. The new i.MX 7 series leverages the 32-bit ARM v7-A core, targeting the general embedded, […]