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SOI consortium reveals focus areas for '09

Posted: 20 Mar 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon-on-insulator  fabless community  IP  low power 

The SOI Industry Consortium, aimed at accelerating broad adoption of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) across semiconductor markets, says that IP, low power, and the fabless community are its key focus areas for 2009.

These three pillars form the foundation upon which the consortium will orient both internal resources and external outreach. More specifically, the consortium will work to identify and close any remaining gaps in SOI-specific design IP, further quantify and promote the low-power advantages of SOI, and reach out to educate designers, particularly in the fabless community.

"Despite the uncertainty of the global economy, we are looking at significant market opportunities and expansion for SOI. Those that can play the innovation card this year will be the ones ready with the right new products and technologies when the global economy resumes its upward course," says Horacio Mendez, Executive Director of the SOI Industry Consortium. "By focusing on IP, low power and the fabless community, the SOI Consortium is providing the most value both for our members and the industry at large."

A joint survey between the SOI Industry Consortium and the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) last year indicated that low power is the primary driver for designers considering SOI-based solutions. Therefore, both the IP and outreach efforts will put a special emphasis on the green, energy-saving advantages of SOI.

Within the consortium membership, a dedicated IP committee has been actively working to close the remaining IP gaps, thereby facilitating mainstream SOI adoption. Collaboration between various partners will demonstrate the performance of most common IP on SOI and solidify the ecosystem around the foundries. The technology enablement team complements these efforts by accelerating ecosystem collaboration and by joining forces in an ongoing series of benchmarking studies.

To further support the foundries, a special effort is being made to reach out to the design community. Following on the success of last year's Consortium-sponsored design clinics in Taiwan and in the USA, three more are planned for this year in the USA and India.

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