Demand for RF-SOI Components Drives Chinese Manufacturer to Increase Production of 200mm SOI Wafers

Soitec, a pioneer in semiconductor materials, and, silicon-based semiconductor materials company, Shanghai Simgui Technology Co. Ltd, have announced an enhanced partnership deal to increase the production of SOI wafers. Under the agreement, the companies will jointly work to increase their annual production capacity of 200mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers from 180,000 to 360,000 at Simgui's manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, to better serve the growing global market for RF-SOI in mobile and Power-SOI products.

Since signing their original licensing and technology transfer agreement in May 2014, the companies have achieved high quality standards with Simgui mastering Soitec's Smart Cut proprietary process to deliver world-class RF-SOI and Power-SOI products. Simgui's strategic partnership with Soitec allows them to use the same tools and processes to deliver the same products meeting the same specifications.

This ramp up in production is a direct result of the close collaboration and customer focus of both partners to deliver high quality SOI products at high volume. To further advance this mission, Simgui and Soitec have redefined their original financial agreement and specific roles regarding the 200 mm wafers produced by Simgui. While Simgui will focus on SOI wafer manufacturing, Soitec will manage worldwide product resale.

To meet increasing worldwide demand for 200mm SOI in response to the growing market for RF-SOI used in mobile front-end modules (FEM) and for Power-SOI used in automotive and consumer electronics, Simgui has invested in their Shanghai fabrication line to offer customers this increased production capacity. The fab is production ready, having been qualified by multiple key customers inside and outside China.

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