The SOI Industry Consortium announces silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technologies gaining strong industry momentum towards a rapidly growing SOI ecosystem. A robust foundry offer and leading fabless players are demonstrating how simple it is to design and manufacture ICs on Fully Depleted SOI (FD-SOI) and RF-SOI technologies, confirming SOI as a very competitive technology platform for fast-growing semiconductor applications.
Recent workshops organised by the consortium in Shanghai and Tokyo have highlighted market momentum for SOI with technical contributions presented by leading IDMs, fabless semiconductor companies, foundries, EDA vendors and circuit designers and all members of the global SOI ecosystem, stimulating discussions and sharing information about competitive benchmarks, end-product results, technology milestones and emerging applications.
Carlos Mazure, Executive Director, SOI Consortium, commented: "It is important to stress that the SOI technologies, in particular FD-SOI and RF-SOI, are best positioned to address the next big inflexion point of the IC community known as the IoT. The SOI product and technology platforms combine lowest power consumption and strong performance at low voltage supply while remaining very cost competitive."
The developing IoT wave will change the way the IC industry has approached IC development by enabling optimised 'low power-performance and reduced-area' solutions for better battery lifetime and increased functionality.