World-leading semiconductors manufacturer STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd has signed a comprehensive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., on 28nm Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FD-SOI) technology for multi-source manufacturing collaboration.
ST’s FD-SOI technology at 28nm delivers faster, cooler, and simpler semiconductor devices to meet the continuing demand for higher-performance, lower-power systems-on-chips for next-generation electronic products, such as mobile and consumer applications. The licensing agreement provides customers with advanced manufacturing solutions from Samsung’s state-of-the-art 300mm facilities and assures the industry of high-volume production for ST’s FD-SOI technology.
The agreement encompasses ST’s fully developed process technology and design enablement ecosystem, and complements ST’s advanced 28nm FD-SOI manufacturing capabilities at its 300mm facility in Crolles, France, ensuring a multi-source option for 28nm FD-SOI products and providing customers with the benefit of both Samsung’s and ST’s deep experience and comprehensive knowledge of high-volume manufacturing technology. The Samsung 28nm FD-SOI process will be qualified in early 2015 for volume production.
Jean-Marc Chery, Chief Operating Officer, STMicroelectronics explains that the agreement builds upon the existing solid relationship between ST and Samsung within the framework of the International Semiconductor Development Alliance, further strengthening their cooperation by extending it to 28nm FD-SOI.
He adds that the agreement confirms and strengthens further the business momentum experienced on this technology during the past quarters through many customers and project engagements in their Embedded Processing Solutions segment. ST foresees further expansion of the 28nm FD-SOI ecosystem, to include the leading EDA and IP suppliers, which will enrich the IP catalogue available for 28nm FD-SOI.
Dr Seh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics adds that the 28nm FD-SOI technology is an ideal solution for customers looking for extra performance and power efficiency at the 28nm node without having to migrate to 20nm. By adding FD-SOI to their technology portfolio, Samsung provides a full-spectrum of 28nm process offerings for their customers’ success.