Industry Awards for SOI Luminaries at UCLouvain, Lattice, NXP & Soitec
Posted date : Dec 19, 2019

The industry continues rewarding luminaries of the SOI ecosystem. Recently recognized are Jean-Pierre Raskin for RF-SOI, Lattice Semi and NXP for FD-SOI products, and Bich-Yen Nguyen for her work in SOI. The SOI Consortium extends hearty congratulations to all the winners and their teams.

Professor Jean-Pierre Raskin was awarded by the prestigious Médaille Ampère 2019 for the originality of his scientific work in the field of RF-SOI technologies for wireless communication. The international award was delivered by Mr. François Gérin, president of the SEE – Société de l’électricité, de l’électronique et des technologies de l’information et de la communication, on December 3rd, 2019, in Paris, France. We’ve long covered the work of Professor Raskin and his UCLouvain team – which is largely responsible for why SOI is in every smartphone on the planet. It’s a great story (read it here) and it goes on! In his Ampère acceptance speech, Professor Raskin said, “…significant industrial research and development is being performed toward fully integrated SOI front-end-modules. Notably, the 45nm PD-SOI [RF-SOI] and 28nm and 22nm FD-SOI nodes are being extensively designed with to develop 5G mm-wave low-noise amplifiers (LNA), power amplifiers (PA) and switches, in particular at 28 GHz. […] Overall, SOI is expected to be a big contender as a technological platform to enable mass production of millimeter wave 5G and ultra-low power RF IoT devices and products in the near future.”

Lattice CEO Jim Anderson (left) and Mark Lipacis (right), Managing Director of Jefferies (Courtesy: GSA & Lattice Semi)

Lattice Semiconductor was the recipient of the Global Semiconductor Alliance’s (GSA) 2019 Analyst Favorite Semiconductor Company award based on technology and financial performance. The GSA awards recognize the achievements of top performing semiconductor companies and the 2019 winners were announced at the annual GSA Awards Ceremony held on December 5, 2019. In thanking his team, Lattice CEO Jim Anderson, added, “We are even more excited about the solid execution of our product roadmap, specifically, the accelerated product rollouts of both CrosslinkPlus and our next generation FPGA platform based on FDSOI technology, which will be key catalysts to our achieving sustained long-term revenue and profitability growth.”

(Courtesy: NXP)

NXP was a recipient of a Best-in-Show Award at the 2019 Arm TechCon this fall. As was noted by Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, “The i.MX RT1170 crossover MCU marks a technology breakthrough in MCUs, running up to 1GHz while maintaining low-power efficiency. It is architected to deliver a record-setting performance, with a 6468 CoreMark score and 2974 DMIPS while executing from on-chip memory. The solution uses advanced 28nm FD-SOI [note: fabbed by Samsung Foundry] technology, making NXP the first company to build MCUs in this advanced technology node. This new MCU family is redefining the “edge” and MCU landscape, bringing unprecedented performance and high levels of integration to propel industrial, IoT, and automotive applications.”

And finally, Soitec Senior Fellow Bich-Yen Nguyen was elevated to the status of IEEE Fellow in the Class of 2020 “for contributions to silicon on insulator technology”. As previously noted in her IEEE bio, “Her honors and awards include the Dan Noble Fellow, the highest technical award at Motorola; the Master of Innovation Award; and the first national Women in Technology Lifetime Achievement Award. She holds over 200 worldwide patents and has authored more than 180 technical papers on integrated circuit technologies.”

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