In a piece entitled Time To Look At SOI Again (you can read it here), SemiconductorEngineering Executive Editor Mark Lapedus charts the industry’s accelerating interest in SOI, including FD-SOI and FinFETs on SOI.
He notes that FD-SOI is now planned for four generations: 28nm, 20nm, 14nm and 10nm. The offering has expanded beyond ST to Samsung and GF. He quotes GF’s Mike Mendicino as saying, “We’re seeing a lot of interest from customers (for FDSOI).”
For FinFETs, he quotes Terry Hook’s IBM presentation at the recent IEEE S3S Conference, when he said that on SOI, “…the formation of the fin is blindingly simple”. (If you missed Terry’s ASN piece last year, you can read it here.)
Gold Standard Simulations Ltd. (GSS) announced a multimillion dollar contract to license its complete TCAD/EDA tool suite to GlobalFoundries (see press release here). The fully integrated and automated tool chain includes GARAND, the GSS ‘atomistic’ TCAD simulator; Mystic, the GSS statistical compact model extractor; and RandomSpice, the GSS statistical circuit simulator. The GSS tool suite is the world’s only fully integrated tool chain that performs simulation-based Design/Technology Co-Optimisation (DTCO) in advanced bulk, FD-SOI and FinFET technologies, including statistical variability and reliability.
A new book entitled Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) Technology, Manufacture and Applications (1st Edition) features contributions by experts at Soitec, GF, TSMC, Leti and more.
Billed as “a complete review of this rapidly growing high-speed, low-power semiconductor technology,” the book covers the entire SOI spectrum, from Moore to More than Moore. It goes into SOI wafer technology, electrical properties, modeling, PD-SOI, FD-SOI, FinFETs and junctionless transistors, RF, ultralow-power, photonics, memory, power and MEMS. (See Table of Contents here.) This book should be a central resource for those working in the semiconductor industry, for circuit design engineers, and for academics, as well as for electrical engineers in the automotive and consumer electronics sectors.
Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) Technology, Manufacture and Applications is published by Woodhead Publishing, and is also available in print and ebook forms from major online retailers such as Amazon, Elsevier and Barnes & Noble. It was compiled and edited by Oleg Kononchuk, chief scientist at Soitec, France, and Bich-Yen Nguyen, a senior fellow at Soitec, USA.