7 countries, 19 partners, 500 engineers, to spend $360m on FD-SOI

STMicroelectronics is getting together with Imec to build FD-SOI. A seven nation, 19 partner, $360m, 500-engineer, 3 year, EU-backed project will set up two FD-SOI pilot lines in Crolles and Dresden.

The project, co-ordinated by Eniac, goes by the snappy title: ‘Pilot Lines for Advanced CMOS Enhanced by SOI in 2x nodes, Built in Europe’ – abbreviated to ‘Places2Be’.

Led by ST, Places2Be will support the deployment of a 28nm FD-SOI pilot line and a 14nm FD-SOI pilot line as well as a dual source that will enable volume manufacturing in Europe.

Places2Be will also create a European microelectronics FD-SOI design environment.

Organisations signed up to Places2Be are: Acreo, Adixen Vacuum Products, Axiom IC, Bruco ICs, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Dolphin Integration, Ericsson, eSilicon Romania, Forschungzentrum Jülich, GlobalFoundries, Grenoble INP, IMEC, Ion Beam Services, Mentor Graphics, Sarl, SOITEC SA, ST-Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Université Catholique de Louvain, University of Twente.

The FD-SOI manufacturing sources for the project are ST’s Crolles fab and the dual source volume facility will be in GlobalFoundries’ fab 1 in Dresden.


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