Leti and Soitec launch a substrate innovation centre

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Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, and Soitec, a specialist in designing and manufacturing innovative semiconductor materials, have announced that they will be collaborating. as part of a five-year partnership agreement, to drive research into advanced engineered substrates, including SOI and beyond.

The agreement includes the launch of a new world-class prototyping hub that will bring together equipment partners with new materials, The Substrate Innovation Center will feature access to shared Leti-Soitec expertise around a focused pilot line. Key benefits will include access to early exploratory sampling and prototyping, collaborative analysis, and early learning at the substrate level, with the aim of eventually leading to streamlined product viability and roadmap planning at the system level.

Leading chip makers and foundries worldwide use Soitec products to manufacture chips for applications such as smart phones, data centres, automotive, imagers, and medical and industrial equipment. The Substrate Innovation Center, to be located on Leti’s campus, will enable engineers to explore and develop innovative substrate features, with a special focus on 4G/5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, sensors and display, automotive, photonics, and edge computing.

“Material innovation and substrate engineering make entire new horizons possible. The Substrate Innovation Center will unleash the power of substrate R&D collaboration beyond the typical product road maps, beyond the typical constraints,” said Paul Boudre, Soitec CEO. “The Substrate Innovation Center is a one-of-a-kind opportunity open to all industry partners within the semiconductor value chain.”

The mission of the Substrate Innovation Center is to become the world’s preferred hub for evaluating and designing engineered substrate solutions to address the future needs of the industry, inclusive of all the key players, from compound suppliers to product designers. Using state of the art, quality-controlled clean room facilities, and the latest industry-grade equipment and materials, Leti and Soitec engineers will be looking to conduct testing and evaluation at all levels of advanced substrate R&D.

“Leti and Soitec’s collaboration on SOI and differentiated materials, which extends back to Soitec’s launch in 1992, has produced innovative technologies that are vital to a wide range of consumer and industrial products and components,” said Emmanuel Sabonnadière, Leti CEO. “This new common hub at Leti’s campus marks the next step in this ongoing partnership. By jointly working with foundries, fabless, and system companies, we provide our partners with a strong edge for their future products."