Foundries Expand Rapidly to Meet Soaring RF-SOI Demand (SemiEngineering)

“GlobalFoundries, TowerJazz, TSMC and UMC are expanding or bringing up RF SOI processes in 300mm fabs in an apparent race to garner the first wave of RF business for 5G, the next-generation wireless standard,” writes Mark Lapedus of Semiconductor Engineering. His recent piece, RF-SOI Wars Begin, explains why demand across the supply chain is currently […]

GF Simplifies RF-SOI and FD-SOI Design for 5G with New Partnership Program

GlobalFoundries’ new ecosystem partner program, called RFwave™, aims to simplify RF design and help customers reduce time-to-market for a new era of wireless devices and networks (read the full press release here). The program aims to give designers a low-risk, cost-effective path to highly optimized solutions that leverage GF’s platforms including RF on FD-SOI and […]

SEMI Honors RF-SOI Innovators Raskin & Aspar

RF-SOI innovators Jean-Pierre Raskin of UCL and Bernard Aspar of Soitec changed the course for key RF chips. The industry has long recognized their contributions: their solution for “trap-rich” RF-SOI wafers is now the starting point to virtually every FEM in every smart phone on the planet (really!). And of course here at ASN we’ve […]

Does China Mobile Care About RF-SOI for 5G? Oh Yes.

China Mobile is the world’s largest* telco. So when Danni Song, one of the company’s high-level project managers presented at the SOI Consortium’s 5th International RF-SOI Workshop in Shanghai, you can bet people listened. With each new slide, a glowing sea of cell phone cameras rose over the heads of the audience in the huge, […]

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 […]

2018 Greetings from the SOI Consortium (and a peek at what’s ahead)

ASN asked Carlos Mazure and Giorgio Cesana, the Executive Directors of the SOI Consortium, to take a moment to share their outlook for 2018. Here’s what they had to say. First of all, we’d like to wish everybody in the SOI ecosystem a safe, happy and prosperous 2018. We just finished up a great year, […]

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 […]

Where to Sign Up for FD-SOI and RF-SOI Learning Opps in China?

Suddenly they’re everywhere: opportunities to learn more about FD-SOI and RF-SOI. Over the next couple of months you can find them in China, Europe and Silicon Valley. Some are organized by the SOI Consortium, others by foundries and partners. Here’s a quick listing with links for more info on how to register for upcoming China […]

Tokyo SOI Workshop – Day 2 Recap (Part 2)

This is the second part of ASN coverage of Day 2 of the recent SOI Workshop in Tokyo, which was dedicated to the “Convergence of IoT, Automotive through Connectivity”. Many of the presentations are now posted and freely available – click here to see the full list. (In case you missed them, Day 1 and […]

Peregrine in volume shipping of UltraCMOS® 60 GHz RF SOI Switches

Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced immediate availability of volume production parts for their UltraCMOS® 60 GHz RF SOI switches. (Read the full press release here.) The PE42525 and PE426525 extend Peregrine’s high frequency portfolio into frequencies previously dominated by GaAs technology. Both 60 GHz switches deliver exceptional performance in all key RF parameters and have a […]