22nm Process War Begins

Many foundry customers at the 28nm node and above are developing new chips and are exploring the idea of migrating to 16nm/14nm and beyond. But for the most part, those companies are stuck because they can’t afford the soaring IC design costs at advanced nodes. Seeking to satisfy a potential gap in the market, [getentity id="22819" comment="GlobalFoundries"], [getentity id="22846" e_name="... » read more

GF’S Two Flavors Of FD-SOI

Posted by Adele Hars, Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Substrate News ~  ~ Hearing the news that GlobalFoundries would be offering two flavors of FD-SOI, ASN asked the company to explain the strategy further. Here are the responses provided by Subi Kengeri, Vice President of Advanced Technology Architecture.   [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="110"] Subi Kengeri, VP Advanced T... » read more

The Good Kind Of Bias

By Barry Pangrle Back gating, body bias, substrate bias, and back bias all refer to a technique for dynamically adjusting the threshold voltage of a CMOS transistor. CMOS transistors are often thought of as three-terminal devices with terminals for the source, gate and drain. It’s quite common, though, to have a fourth terminal available connected to the substrate (or body). Most engineer... » read more