ST makes 28nm FD-SOI process affordable for universities
STMicroelectronics has announced that its 28nm Fully Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD-SOI) process available for prototyping to universities, research labs and design companies through the silicon brokerage services provided by CMP (Circuits Multi Projets).
The FD-SOI process uses silicon substrates from Soitec.
The cost of the 28nm FD-SOI CMOS process has been fixed to €18,000/mm2, with a minimum of 1mm2.
ST is releasing this process technology to third parties as it nears completion of its first commercial wafers.
The introduction in CMP’s catalogue of ST’s 28nm FD-SOI CMOS process builds on the successful collaboration that has allowed universities and design firms to access previous CMOS generations including 45nm (introduced in 2008), 65nm (introduced in 2006), 90nm (introduced in 2004), and 130nm (introduced in 2003).
Since CMP started offering the ST 28nm CMOS bulk technology in 2011, some 60 universities and microelectronics companies have received the design rules and design kits and 16 integrated circuits (ICs) have already been manufactured.
As many as 170 universities and other companies have received the design rules and design kits for the ST 90nm CMOS process, and more than 200 universities and companies have received the design rules and design kits for the ST 65nm bulk and SOI CMOS processes.
“There has been a great interest in designing ICs using these processes, with about 300 projects having been designed in 90nm (phased out in 2009), and more than 300 already in bulk 65nm,” said Bernard Courtois, director of CMP.
“In addition, more than 60 projects have already been designed in 65nm SOI and it is interesting to note that many top universities in Europe, USA/Canada and Asia have already taken advantage of the collaboration between CMP and ST.”
“With the first designs in FD-SOI technology already in the pipeline, the time is right to make the technology available to the research communities,” said Philippe Magarshack, executive v-p, design enablement and services, STMicroelectronics.