The Week In Review: Manufacturing

Fab materials/tools The Reference Project, a pan-European research program created to develop radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) technology, was recently launched at the Bernin, France-based facilities of Soitec. Soitec is the project leader in the group, which has an eligible budget of 33 million euros. The project will focus on developing technologies for 4G+ communications usi... » read more

Redefining Systems Around Power

By Ed Sperling Engineers have been talking about system-level power budgets since Moore’s Law reached 65nm, but as power becomes a critical element of any design with or without a plug the definition of what constitutes a system is changing. While most SoC engineers think of the system as an IC, power increasingly is playing a significant role in the subsystem, and even in the larger syst... » read more