Monthly Archive July 2019

Renesas’ New FD-SOI (SOTB) MCU for Energy Harvesting Applications (eenews)

Renesas, one of the world’s very top MCU manufacturers, is heralding its new FD-SOI based R7F0E017 for energy harvesting applications. In an in-depth article in the May 2019 edition of EENews Embedded, Renesas Product Marketing Manager Graeme Clark detailed the new chip, which is sampling this year. It’s a fascinating read, with lots of explanations about how SOI enables the cutting-edge features (like an integrated energy harvesting controller) – you won’t want to miss it.

BTW, here at ASN we’ve been covering the origins of this technology since 2005.They call it SOTB, for Silicon On Thin Box, but it is indeed their flavor of FD-SOI. The work started at Hitachi in cooperation with Renesas with a paper that debuted at IEDM 2004, then moved along through the series of mergers that resulted in the offering at what is Renesas Electronics today.

Here are some key quotes from the article:

The new SOTB process can now offer active mode current of less than 20 µA/MHz and leakage currents down to 150 nA, while still allowing the development of devices with reasonably high clock rates, large embedded flash memories and SRAMs on chip. This combination of integration and power consumption will make devices developed on this process ideal for energy harvesting applications. The result of this new process is that we can develop a new generation of microcontroller products.”

The use of the Silicon on Thin Buried Oxide technology on this new device has resulted in some unique low power characteristics. The first device has the following features and future devices using this process could offer even lower power consumption.

  • Active current of 20 µA /MHz
  • Standby Current of 200 nA
  • ADC operation 3 µA @ 32 kHz
  • 256 Kbyte SRAM with 1 nA / Kbyte standby current”

The R7F0E017 is able to run safely from a pure energy harvesting power source due to the operation of the Energy Harvesting Controller. The device can operate from a wide range of potential energy sources including solar power, vibration, pressure and temperature difference, and many others. The integrated energy harvesting controller, supported by very few inexpensive external components, completely manages the cyclic wake-up sequence of the microcontroller, only using the extremely low energy harvesting source current.”

Click here to read the full article on the eenewseurope website.

SOI Consortium Events Around the World This Fall – Mark Your Calendars

2019 will be a busy fall for the SOI Consortium and our members.

First off are the SOI Consortium events in Shanghai and Tokyo, which are very popular indeed. We now have the dates & locations locked in, so you’ll want to mark your calendars:

The SOI Consortium and members will also be giving talks at Semicon Europa, which is being held 13 – 15 November 2019 in Munich, Germany.

The programs are currently being finalized. As soon as they’re ready, we’ll be sure to let you know so you can register and/or share the news with your colleagues and clients. But in the meantime, make sure you save the dates.

Would you like to check out the presentations given at Consortium events in previous years? If you hover your cursor over the Events tab at the top of our home page, you’ll get a drop-down menu of events for the last five years (we’re working on adding more – we’ve been doing these events for over a decade!). Click through to any past event and you’ll land on a page where you can download most of the presentations that were given there. Of if you’re looking for past presentations given by any particular company, use the search engine at the bottom of any page on our website.

S3S

You’ll also find many of our members at the IEEE/EDS S3S Conference in San Jose, CA, October 14 – 19th. S3S (formerly known as The SOI Conference) has been running in various forms for over 30 years. They always have an excellent line-up of speakers, plus it’s a great opportunity for networking with researchers from across the worldwide SOI ecosystem. BTW, while the deadline for general paper selection has already closed, papers of exceptional merit are currently being accepted for their Late News Sessions. See the 2019 Call for Papers for more information – those Late News papers need to be received by 23 August 2019 for consideration.

Also, IEEE S3S Conference will once again host a full-day short course and a half day tutorial. These are very popular. The short course this year will be on SOI Design and Technology for Analog and Mixed Signal. As of this writing, the program is still being finalized, but more will be announced in the next few weeks, so check back on their website soon for updated information.

Member Events

And finally, don’t forget to learn more about the offerings from and in support of the SOI ecosystem at our members’ events around the globe, including:

GlobalFoundries – GTC | Samsung Foundry – SFF | ST – Technology Tour | Synopsys – SNUG | Cadence – CDNLive | Silvaco – SURGE | Arm – TechCon | NXP – Tech Days | Leti – Events | imec –Events |

Register Now! Our Semicon West Workshop – IoT & the SOI Supply Chain

If you’re going to Semicon West this year, be sure to attend the SOI Consortium’s workshop on how IoT is driving the SOI supply chain. There’s a great line-up of speakers – see the program below.

IoT means many things to many people but everyone agrees it’s here and growing quickly. IoT, including machine learning and movement to the edge, is fueling innovation as the high compute and ultra-low energy requirements are pushing technology to deliver on these needs. The well-known characteristics defining IoT of “Sense”, “Compute”, and “Act” put additional burden on technology to full these requirements across a variety of use cases and environments without sacrificing reliability or quality.

All the various forms of SOI technology from FD-SOI to High-Voltage to RF-SOI, are uniquely situated to deliver on the promise of today’s as well as tomorrow’s IoT roadmap. The supply chain for all forms of SOI technology is in place. This workshop will discuss the current and future solutions from a supply chain perspective.

Speakers include experts from SOI Consortium members Applied Materials, NXP, GlobalFoundries and Soitec.

Entitled The Internet of Things, Driver of the SOI Supply Chain, the workshop will take place at the Moscone Center South, Wednesday July 10th in Room 301. It will run from 1 pm until 4:30 pm. Anyone and everyone who is registered for Semicon West is welcome. Here is the sign-up page.

It’s a great program:

1:00pm – Welcome by Semi

1:10pm – IoT/AI/Edge Market – Using SOI Through-out, Jon Cheek, Senior Director, NXP

1:35pm – The SOI Opportunity, Manish Hemkar, Director, Semiconductor Products Group, Applied Materials

2:00pm – The Foundry IP Ecosystem, Jamie Schaeffer, Sr. Director, GlobalFoundries

2:25pm – Engineered Substrates – Enabling the IoT Revolutions, Eunseok Park, Director, Emerging Technology in Strategic Marketing, Soitec 

2:50pm – Enabling the SOI Era, Thomas Uhrmann, Head of Business Development, EVG

3:15pm – Panel: The Internet of Things, Driver of the SOI Supply Chain, Moderator: Carlos Mazure, Chairman, SOI Industry Consortium. Panelists include:

  • Manish Hemkar, Director, AMAT
  • Yoshio Kitahara, President & Managing Director, Kokusai Europe
  • Thomas Uhrmann, Head of Business Development, EVG
  • Jon Cheek, Sr. Director, NXP
  • Thomas Piliszczuk, EVP Strategy, Soitec
  • Jon Kretzschmar, Manager of Product Sales & Marketing, TEL America

4:05pm – Closing remarks, Carlos Mazure, Chairman, SOI Industry Consortium

4:20pm – End

This is a great chance to learn more about SOI and the SOI Consortium. Don’t miss it!

And while you’re at West, you should also check out a related event. SOI Consortium member Leti will be teaming up with Fraunhofer for a workshop entitled New Paradigms in Microelectronics–Providing R&D for the 21st Century. That happens at the nearby W Hotel in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 9th at 5:00pm. Click here for more information on that.