CEA, Soitec, GlobalFoundries, and STMicroelectronics have announced a new collaboration in which they intend to jointly define the industry’s next-generation roadmap for FD-SOI (fully depleted silicon-on-insulator) technology.
“ST was an early innovator in FD-SOI and has been in production for several years, with both custom and standard advanced products for a broad range of end-markets,” said Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics.
He added: “In particular, the technology supports the automotive industry as it transitions to full digitalization and software-defined architectures, in addition to the development of driverless technologies.”
Semiconductors and FD-SOI innovation are of strategic value to France and the EU, as well as to customers on a global level.
“CEA is highly motivated by this opportunity to prepare a new generation of FD-SOI technology providing higher performance, lower power consumption and lower costs to address the needs of major European markets such as automotive, IoT, 5G/6G and manufacturing 4.0,” said François Jacq, CEA Chairman.
FD-SOI offers substantial benefits for designers and customer systems. This includes lower power consumption and easier integration of additional features, such as connectivity and security, which are key features for automotive, IoT, and mobile applications.
“The FD-SOI alliance that we are pleased to announce today is built on Soitec’s capacity to drive innovation in substrates and help launch a new generation of semiconductors, serving a large variety of markets including connectivity, automotive, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence,” said Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec. “Together, with our partners and allies, we want to confirm our technological leadership and continue to drive innovation in global microelectronics.”
“We look forward to deepening our partnership with the leading French and European stakeholders across the full semiconductor value chain and in particular to build on our highly differentiated FDSOI-based solutions together to address the rapid growth of chips requiring low power, connectivity, and security in automotive, IoT, and smart mobile devices,” added Tom Caulfield, CEO of GlobalFoundries. “The dynamic European semiconductor ecosystem is important to us and we will continue to invest to grow our presence in the EU as part of our global growth strategy.”
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