Some Like It Really Hot! SOI for 150 to 225C in X-FAB Webinar

X-FAB is running a series of webinars on very high-temperature design the 18th and 19th of March 2015. A pure-play analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry, X-FAB’s broad portfolio includes SOI CMOS processes for use at high temperatures up to 225°C. The event is free, but space is limited, so sign up here. As noted in the […]

Soitec and Simgui (China) Partner on SOI Wafer Production for RF and Power Apps

Soitec and Simgui (Shanghai, China) are partnering on SOI wafer production for RF and power applications. The newly signed deal (read press release here) includes a licensing and technology transfer agreement. Simgui will establish a high-volume SOI manufacturing line using Soitec’s proprietary Smart Cut™ technology to directly supply the Chinese market. In addition, Simgui will […]

Industry’s first flexible FinFET uses SOI wafers

A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia) has published an article in Advanced Materials (22 February 2014) entitled Flexible and Transparent Silicon-on-Polymer Based Sub-20 nm Non-planar 3D FinFET for Brain-Architecture Inspired Computation. As subsequently described in an article in Nanowerk (article here), “…the team demonstrates a pragmatic approach to transforming […]

Soitec article in GSA Forum explores FD-SOI, industry roadmaps

Soitec Sr. VP (and FD-SOI wafer guru) Christophe Maleville has written a very good, high-level piece in the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Forum.  Entitled Technology Selection Implications Intensify and Options are Limited, the piece examines cost-per-gate trends and explores roadmap options. He shows how FD-SOI provides a path forward with continued scalability, significant cost advantage […]

Debiotech expands target market for SOI-MEMS based solution to Type 2 diabetes

(Images courtesy: Debiotech) Debiotech has debuted the JewelPUMP2, a new product dedicated to the Diabetes Type 2 market, based on Debiotech’s innovative JewelPUMP platform (press release here). By using its JewelPUMP platform, which is already in the industrialization phase and in preparation for the CE marking, Debiotech will be able to introduce the JewelPUMP2 shortly […]

FD-SOI could be “tipping point” for SOI, says supply chain expert

FD-SOI could be the “tipping point” for SOI, supply chain expert Bill Kohnen indicated in a presentation at the Semiconductor Technical Purchasing Conference last fall. (See his ppt here.) He suggested, “Purchasing and Supply Chain Organizations at Foundries and Device Manufacturers that need SOI wafers need to closely monitor the supply chain as demand resulting […]

Foundry, Experts at Shanghai FD-SOI Workshop Indicate Major Opportunities in China

Aiming to promote the benefits of SOI technology and reduce the barriers to market adoption, the SOI Industry Consortium (a group of leading companies with the mission of accelerating SOI innovation into broad markets), SIMIT (Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology), CAS (a pioneer of SOI technology in China), and VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. […]

Ready for FD-SOI, Says World’s Largest Silicon Wafer Company

The world’s largest maker of silicon wafers, Shin‐Etsu Handotai (SEH) says it’s meeting the specs for FD-SOI wafers, and can quickly expand capacity to meet rising demand. This message was delivered by Nobuhiko Noto of SEH during his presentation at the recent FD-SOI Workshop in Kyoto, Japan. SEH, a $12.7 billion company supplying over 20% […]

American Semiconductor has announced the FleX-MCU™ product family.

American Semiconductor has announced the FleX-MCU™ product family. Leveraging an SOI starting wafer, the FleX-MCU is the world’s first physically flexible microcontroller fabricated using the FleX™ Silicon-on-Polymer™ process. The FleX-MCU is an 8-bit RISC microcontroller with 8KB embedded RAM operating up to 20MHz, and is the initial product for a full portfolio of physically flexible […]