The FD-SOI Chip Design Book: Yes, It’s Finally Here!
Posted date : Feb 17, 2020

The chip design ecosystem finally has the book it’s been clamoring for: The Fourth Terminal – Benefits of Body-Biasing Techniques for FDSOI Circuits and Systems. The FD-SOI Chip Design Book: Yes, It’s Finally Here! Click To Tweet The editors (who have also contributed chapters) are Andreia Cathelin, Sylvain Clerc and Thierry DiGilio, all world experts from STMicroelectronics.

As Cathelin and Clerc note in the introduction:

The aim of this book is to introduce to the design community the straightforward design solutions in any modern FD-SOI planar CMOS technologies, by taking full advantage of body biasing techniques to efficiently modulate on the fly SoC solutions from high performance operation to energy efficiency mode. All design techniques are based on the classical pillar of regular planar CMOS devices. As the first fully industrial solution has been the 28nm FD-SOI CMOS technology from STMicroelectronics, all the design examples in this book have been demonstrated within this process integration frame.” 

The Fourth Terminal...taking full advantage of (FDSOI) body biasing techniques to efficiently modulate on the fly SoC solutions from high performance operation to energy efficiency mode Click To Tweet

The folks at ST were really the first to get into FD-SOI in a big way – in fact they’ve been at it for over two decades (!) so you’d be hard pressed to find experts at a company with deeper expertise.

The Fourth Terminal team & friends sporting Tour de Fourth Terminal t-shirts at ISSCC 2020. From left to right: MIT Prof. (and Series Editor for Springer’s Integrated Circuits and Systems) Anantha Chandrakasan;  Charles Glaser, Springer Editorial Director; Laurent Le Pailleur, ST; Andreia Cathelin, ST Fellow;  Sylvain Clerc, ST; Stanford Prof. Boris Murmann (Photo courtesy Springer & STMicroelectronics)

The Fourth Terminal is structured to cover three major areas:

  1. a technology overview (including body biasing for digital, analog and SRAM);
  2. a selection of circuits that illustrate body biasing in various fields;
  3. body bias deployment in mixed-signal and digital SoCs.

The initial response has been tremendous. Editor Andreia Cathelin reports that posts she’s made about it on LinkedIn were quickly viewed 10k times and more.

Then came the book review by the eminent Stanford Professor Boris Murmann, who heralded its tour de force status in a clever turn of phrase: “With the help of a renowned international team of experts from industry and academia, the editors have distilled everything you need to know about FD-SOI circuit design into a 16-chapter “tour de fourth terminal”. (Read his complete review here).Stanford Professor Boris Murmann calls this book a #Tour_de_Fourth_Terminal. #FDSOI #lowpower #chipdesign Click To Tweet

EETimes journalist Junko Yoshida blogged about it as Body Bias Gets Its Own Book (read that here), which generated lively discussions on LinkedIn (and underscored just how necessary this book is!).

The Fourth Terminal – Benefits of Body-Biasing Techniques for FDSOI Circuits and Systems is part of the Springer Integrated Circuits & Systems Series — considered by many to be the most prestigious in the industry. Weighing in at 431 pages, The Fourth Terminal is available in both e-book and hardcover versions. See the Springer website to order this must-have addition to your library.

About the author

Adele Hars editor