Specialty foundry TowerJazz is ramping a 65nm version of its RF-SOI process on 300mm wafers at Fab 7 in Uozu, Japan. To support the ramp, the company has signed a contract with long-term partner, Soitec, guaranteeing a supply of tens of thousands of 300mm SOI silicon wafers, securing wafer prices for the next years and […]
With the acquisition of Maxim’s 8-inch fab in San Antonio, Texas, TowerJazz plans to quickly qualify its core specialty technologies, including its advanced Radio-Frequency Silicon-on-Insulator (RF-SOI) offering, to serve the substantial growth in demand from its customers. (See press release here.) The proposed purchase will expand TowerJazz’s current worldwide manufacturing capacity, cost-effectively increasing production by […]
Global specialty foundry TowerJazz and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. (TPSCo), the leading analog foundry in Japan, have announced breakthrough RF-SOI technology for next-generation 4G LTE smartphones and IoT devices. Through a collaborative effort, TowerJazz and its majority owned subsidiary, TPSCo, have developed a new 300mm RF-SOI process that can reduce losses in an RF switch […]
ASN recently spoke with TowerJazz SVP Marco Racanelli about when the specialty foundry leverages SOI – and why. Advanced Substrate News (ASN): Can you tell us briefly about TowerJazz’s overall vision and position in the market? Marco Racanelli (MR): TowerJazz is the foundry leader for the manufacture of specialty […]
Specialty foundry TowerJazz announced the availability of an enhanced RF-SOI CMOS process design kit (PDK) for its 0.18µm process technology (see press release here). The kit was developed for use with Agilent Technologies’ Advanced Design System (ADS) software and targets a wide range of analog markets including front-end modules for mobile phones, tablets and WiFi […]
“…we are ramping a large number of SOI switch designs on our industry-leading SOI process,” noted TowerJazz CEO Russell Ellwanger in the company’s September ’13 newsletter. The SOI switch designed in Netanya “…received impressive traction and is winning business for the RF/HPA business unit,” adds Ori Galzur, Vice President of TowerJazz’s Worldwide VLSI Design Center. […]
Specialty foundry TowerJazz says its latest RF SOI technology offers the industry’s best figure of merit for antenna switch and antenna tuning applications with Ron-Coff of only 217fs. The technology is driving FEM market share, quickly replacing GaAs implementations and has already been adopted by multiple customers worldwide with over 50 separate designs taped-in with […]
The CEO of TowerJazz recently told analysts that in 2012, the company saw “a large amount of SOI design activity”, which he says will fuel revenue growth in 2013. Smart phone antenna switches that handle 8 to 14 different bands are moving from gallium arsenide to SOI, he explained.
New SOI-based process technology from TowerJazz for wireless antenna switches costs substantially less than GaAs pHEMPTs or SOS, and integrates control functions, low-noise amplifiers and power amplifiers on a single chip. For both high-end smart-phones and lower-end phones, the company says SOI can benefit most of the 1.4 billion handset units sold each year.
“GlobalFoundries, TowerJazz, TSMC and UMC are expanding or bringing up RF SOI processes in 300mm fabs in an apparent race to garner the first wave of RF business for 5G, the next-generation wireless standard,” writes Mark Lapedus of Semiconductor Engineering. His recent piece, RF-SOI Wars Begin, explains why demand across the supply chain is currently […]