To feed the demand for 5G RF solutions, GF and Soitec ink supply agreement
GlobalFoundries and Soitec have entered into a multi-year supply agreement for 300mm radio frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) wafers.
Building on the long partnership between the two companies, this strategic agreement secures the supply of wafers that will allow GF to further expand its role in providing solutions for the next-generation mobile phone market. The agreement was finalised earlier this week in a virtual signing ceremony with leadership from both companies. The primary driver of this wafer supply agreement is the growth of GF’s RF-SOI solution, 8SW RF SOI. The RF front-end-module (FEM) platform is optimised to deliver the differentiated combination of performance, power efficiency, and digital integration required by the designers and suppliers of current and future 4G LTE and sub-6 GHz 5G smartphones. “Eight out of ten smartphones on the market today include GLOBALFOUNDRIES manufactured silicon, and the demand for our differentiated RF solutions continues to skyrocket as the industry transitions to 5G,” says Dr. Bami Bastani, senior vice president and general manager for Mobile and Wireless Infrastructure at GF, in a press release. “The 5G revolution would not be possible without GLOBALFOUNDRIES and our industry-leading specialty RF solutions. Securing this critical supply of wafers, from our longstanding partner Soitec, enables GF to meet the ever-growing demand for our 5G solutions.” “Our engineered substrates provide the foundation for manufacturing high-performance and high-reliability semiconductor devices required by the electronics industry,” adds Dr. Bernard Aspar, COO of Soitec. “With our manufacturing facilities both in France and in Singapore, we have put in place the largest worldwide capacity with the most advanced engineered substrates to meet the needs of this fast-growing 5G market. We are very pleased to continue our established partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES through this multi-year agreement.” In 2017, the two companies entered into a five-year supply agreement for fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) wafers for GF’s 22FDX platform. Manufactured in Dresden, Germany, GF’s 22FDX platform has since realised USD 4.5 billion in design wins with more than 350 million chips shipped.