Multi-partner programme to broaden use of FD-SOI for low-power ICs

June 09, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Leti is launching the Silicon Impulse FD-SOI (fully-depleted, silicon-on-insulator) Development Program, through which eight partners are to combine expertise and facilities for one-stop-shop services to speed development of energy-efficient products for IoT and other uses

CEA-Leti, the research organisation base in Grenoble, France, has announced that seven partners have joined its FD-SOI IC development program, Silicon Impulse, launched to provide a comprehensive IC technology platform that offers IC design, advanced intellectual property, emulator and test services along with industrial multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.

The collaborative design platform for advanced processes includes a network of design services and facilities focused on accelerating development of products for devices that require low-power operation. These include energy-efficient computing systems, Ultra-Low-Power (ULP) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and robust and reliable applications in harsh environments. The platform builds on the competencies and expertise of the CEA-Leti and CEA-List institutes and Leti’s industrial partners, which comprise a wide spectrum of technical and application knowledge.

Silicon Impulse partners are major industrial players in the semiconductor ecosystem, world-class research centres and technology providers. Silicon Impulse will, says Leti, significantly reduce development time and speed industrialisation, helping innovative companies with energy-efficient system development and implementation. It will do this through a network of FD-SOI experts and access to a strong industrial supply chain.

Silicon Impulse partners are:

CEA-Leti (coordinator)



Dolphin Integration


Mentor Graphics


Presto Engineering

In addition, CEA-Leti is planning to use its research & development licence from ARM to demonstrate various energy-efficient processor implementations in FD-SOI for its IoT development platform. The FD-SOI ecosystem also includes Synopsys, with its portfolio of proven DesignWare IP products and EDA tools for the FD-SOI design community. Silicon Impulse is in discussion with Synopsys to join the program in order to further extend the program’s reach.

Silicon Impulse is designed to help innovative companies deal with the challenge of switching to new technologies and markets by augmenting both their knowledge of the supply chain and their skills to master the entire design process from ideas to products. To that end, Silicon Impulse will provide technical expertise, knowhow and access to advanced industrial, energy-efficient