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Soitec, ARM ink SOI agreement

Posted: 01 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Soitec  ARM  silicon-on-insulator  SOI  SOI libraries 

Soitec announced that they have entered into a joint-development agreement with ARM to support the future development of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) libraries for the fabless/foundry arenas.

According to the agreement, ARM will leverage its existing microprocessor intellectual property (IP) portfolio, its physical IP and its partnership with Soitec to provide designers with the tools, resources and standards needed to further enable and accelerate SOI adoption.

The announcement marks very good news for designers in the fabless/foundry communities considering the move to SOI to take advantage of its isolation, speed and power consumption benefits. In addition to the advantages for high-performance logic, SoC, mixed-signal and lower power ICs, SOI is emerging as the most cost-effective platform for future CMOS scaling. ARM's offerings and broad partner network play an integral role in the production of countless silicon-based technology products. Now, through its collaboration with Soitec, ARM widens the SOI ecosystem—making this technology available to a broader range of companies.

"SOI technology will complement our existing CMOS-based physical IP by providing customers with an additional set of choices for improving performance, while conserving power, as semiconductor processes migrate to ever-smaller geometries over the next few years," said Mike Muller, CTO, ARM. "Soitec's position as the driving force behind SOI development to date is undisputed and we look forward to working with them in the future."

"We are extremely pleased to see ARM supporting the SOI ecosystem. We look forward to partnering with them to further develop the design infrastructure that will be critical to the high-performance, low-power consumption chips that SOI enables," said Andre-Jacques Auberton-Herve, Soitec president and CEO. "It is definitely another important step forward in the broad commercialisation of SOI technology, which is becoming increasingly critical in the fables and foundry communities."

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