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ARM issues SOI IP library as IBM offers 45nm SOI foundry service

10 November 2008 | By Mark Osborne | News > Materials and Gases

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"As semiconductor vendors continue in the race toward higher speeds and lower operating power, an alternative to traditional bulk CMOS technology is critical to the continued evolution of the industry," said Joanne Itow, Managing Director, Semico Research Corp. "To date, two major barriers have inhibited the broad adoption of SOI as this alternative - foundry capacity and IP library availability. With today's announcements, ARM and IBM have together taken the first step toward breaking down these barriers and making SOI a viable alternative for many more applications in networking, storage, communication and consumer applications."

The ARM SOI physical IP library is supported by Synopsys, Cadence and Magma tools. SOI wafers are supplied by Soitec.

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