RF-SOI vs. FD-SOI with RF – What’s the difference?

Is RF-SOI the same thing as RF on FD-SOI? No, it’s not. However, the runaway success of RF-SOI and the growing list of recent announcements related to FD-SOI with integrated RF has lead to some confusion in the press and social media. The two are different technologies, addressing different markets, and built on two very […]

GF’s 22nm FD-SOI Offering – Where to Get Lots of Excellent Info

A fast-growing body of information is now posted by GlobalFoundries on their new 22nm FD-SOI offering. After years of asking “where’s FD-SOI on the GF website??”, it’s (finally!) there, front and center. There are some excellent new videos and documents. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find. When you click down the “Technology Solutions” tab […]

ST unveils first FD-SOI products – groundbreaking SOCs for set-top-boxes

FD-SOI champion STMicroelectronics has unveiled the company’s first System-on-Chip (SoC) products on FD-SOI. Two multi-core ARM SoC offerings – both for set-top boxes – have been announced. ST credits the 28nm FD-SOI silicon technology with providing highly-efficient RF and analog integration as well as outstanding power efficiency so that set-top box makers can now design […]

ST 28nm FD-SOI SOC Design Throughput 10X faster with Synopsys Compiler II

Synopsys recently announce that its IC Compiler II place and route solution was used by STMicroelectronics to tape out a complex 28-nm-FD-SOI SoC. (Read the press release here.) Fast throughput and analysis delivered a 10X reduction in time-to-good-floorplan. A 5X faster implementation with 2X smaller memory footprint enabled breakthrough productivity while exceeding quality of results […]

RF-SOI Key in MagnaChip IoT Plans

RF-SOI will play a key role in the IoT plans of analog and mixed-signal specialist MagnaChip (read the press release here). The company has launched a task force to address IoT. The statement says, “MagnaChip also offers 0.18 micron and plans to offer 0.13 micron Silicon on Insulator (SOI) RF-CMOS technologies, which is suitable for […]

ST Chooses WaveIntegrity from CWS for Early Noise Analysis in FD-SOI SOCs

STMicroelectronics has chosen WaveIntegrityTM from CWS for rapid and practical analysis of noise issues in complex FD-SOI SOCs (press release here). “ST needed a fast, practical method to ensure our IP would not be susceptible to noise issues, when implemented in complex, multi-million gate SoCs. We have also found we can optimize the power-supply requirements […]

FD-SOI: The Best Enabler for Mobile Growth and Innovation

The following in-depth analysis, an IBS study entitled How FD-SOI will Enable Innovation and Growth in Mobile Platform Sales, concludes that the benefits of FD-SOI are overwhelming for mobile platforms through Q4/2017 based on a number of key metrics. In fact, FD-SOI has the ability to support three technology nodes, which can mean a useful […]