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6 June 2019

GlobalFoundries sign long-term agreements for high-volume supply of Soitec’s 300mm SOI wafer

GlobalFoundries (GF) of Santa Clara, CA, USA (one of the world’s largest semiconductor foundries, with operations in Singapore, Germany and the USA) and Soitec of Bernin, near Grenoble, France - which makes engineered substrates including silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers - have signed multiple long-term high-volume supply agreements for 300mm SOI wafers to meet the growing demand for GF’s differentiated radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI), fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) and silicon photonics technology platforms. The firms say that the agreements build on the existing close relationship between them to ensure high-volume manufacturing for years to come.

RF-SOI solutions are used in all smartphones manufactured today and FD-SOI has become the standard technology for cost-effective, low-power devices in high-volume consumer and Internet of Things (IoT) applications as well as for mission-critical safety solutions in automotive proximity sensing. Silicon photonics technologies enable solutions to support the massive growth in communication infrastructure for data centers and next-generation 5G communication optical networks.

“GF is delivering and investing in highly differentiated industry-leading technologies required for 5G, IoT, data-center and automotive applications,” says Bami Bastani, senior VP of business units at GF. “These long-term agreements with Soitec, a valued partner, represent our commitment to ensure a secure supply of ultra-lower-power, high-performance SOI solutions and supply that meet customers fast-growing needs and unprecedented demand in these attractive markets,” he adds.

“GF is leading the industry in providing differentiated SOI solutions, creating more demand for Soitec's engineered substrates,” comments Soitec’s CEO Paul Boudre. “These agreements reflect the strength of our long-term partnership as we build the required capacity to meet this growing SOI demand.”

See related items:

GlobalFoundries extends silicon photonics roadmap to meet demand for data-center connectivity

GlobalFoundries launches 8SW RF SOI process for next-gen mobile and 5G applications

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