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 […]

China Design Conference (April 2016) Adds RF-SOI Design Track

EDI CON China 2016, taking place April 19-21 in Beijing at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) will feature a keynote talk by GlobalFoundries‘ Peter Rabbeni, Sr. Director, RF BU Business Development & Product Marketing. The talk, entitled, “RF SOI: Revolutionizing Radio Design Today and Driving Innovation for Tomorrow”, will kick off the newly added RF-SOI […]

RF-SOI Pioneer Peregrine Introduces New RF Digital Phase Shifter

RF-SOI pioneer Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the UltraCMOS® PE44820, an 8-bit digital phase shifter designed for active antenna apps, covering a 358.6-degree phase range. (Read the press release here.) The UltraCMOS® PE44820 is a monolithic, digitally controlled product made for easy design-in and delivering exceptional phase accuracy and high linearity. Supporting a frequency range of […]

Toshiba announces new RF-SOI process and smartphone switch with industry-best insertion loss

Toshiba has announced TaRF8, the next generation in the company’s TarfSOI™ (aka Toshiba advanced RF SOI) process, which is optimized for RF switch apps. The first product to use the technology is Toshiba’s new SP12T, enabling the lowest-class of insertion loss in the industry. Lowering insertion loss is recognized as particularly important in decreasing RF […]

RF-SOI Roars Back into the Headlines

Articles about chips built on RF-SOI technology are back in the headlines. What’s driving it? Data – lots of it, and at ever higher speeds, finding its way in and out of your mobile device. Bear in mind that we’re talking now about RF-SOI, which is not the same thing as RF in FD-SOI. These […]

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 […]

TowerJazz and TowerJazz Panasonic Semi Co sampling best-in-class sub-90fs Ron-Coff RF-SOI on 300mm wafers for Next-Gen 4G LTE and IoT Apps

Global specialty foundry TowerJazz and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. (TPSCo), the leading analog foundry in Japan, have announced breakthrough RF-SOI technology for next-generation 4G LTE smartphones and IoT devices. Through a collaborative effort, TowerJazz and its majority owned subsidiary, TPSCo, have developed a new 300mm RF-SOI process that can reduce losses in an RF switch […]

It’s Official! GlobalFoundries Launches 22FDX: 22nm FD-SOI in 4 flavors

With much fanfare, GlobalFoundries has officially announced its 22nm FD-SOI offering. Dubbed “22FDX™”, GF says the platform delivers FinFET-like performance and energy-efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm planar, targeting mainstream mobile, IoT, RF connectivity and networking markets. Asked by EETimes why FD-SOI here and now, GF’s CEO Sanjay Jha responded, “The mass market is […]

Peregrine Semi Introduces Industry’s First 300mm RF-SOI Platform

RF-SOI champion Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the industry’s first 300mm RF-SOI technology. Dubbed UltraCMOS® 11, it is built on GlobalFoundries’ 130 nm 300mm RF technology platform (read full press release here). The UltraCMOS 11 platform will be the foundation for Peregrine’s high volume mobile products and SOI products for other applications. It builds on the […]

Qorvo’s New SOI Components landing major wins at cellular base station manufacturers

Qorvo recently announced that new high-performance SOI components are landing major wins at cellular base station manufacturers. (Read the press release here.) Ideal for broadband communications systems, the highly integrated components significantly reduce external components while lowering cost, power consumption, and weight in wireless infrastructure, test and measurement, and defense and aerospace applications. (Qorvo was […]