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Fortuitous time for China's SOI endeavors

Posted: 25 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China? Soitec? SOI?

The growing industry-wide momentum in silicon-on-insulator (SOI)-based design and manufacturing presents ideal conditions for China to add SOI technology to its roadmap, asserts SOI wafer supplier Soitec.

"This is a fortuitous time for China's semiconductor industry, which has tremendous potential to take advantage of SOI's unique features. But in order for China to align with industry leaders, foundries and fabless players need to begin laying the groundwork now," said Andre-Jacques Auberton-Herve, president and CEO of the Soitec Group.

SOI is used today in a growing number of advanced electronic devices for a wide variety of applications, ranging from automobiles to portable consumer products. SOI-based chips are cost-efficient to manufacture, and designed to be power-efficient and performance-enhancing. The timely convergence of China's technological readiness and increased industry-wide support for SOI design and manufacturing can facilitate the move to SOI by China's foundries and fabless companies, Soitec believes.

"As a founding member of the SOI Industry Consortium, Soitec is working with 21 leading companies to support the acceleration of SOI innovation across a broad range of markets and reducing barriers of adoption," explained Auberton-Herve. "We expect that chip designers and manufacturers in China will be early beneficiaries of this endeavor, and we will move forward together."

As part of its commitment to meeting both existing and expected demand for SOI throughout Asia, Soitec is currently qualifying customers at its new 300mm fab, known as Pasir Ris 1, built in Singapore to support the rapidly growing Asian market.

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