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The Missing Book on FD-SOI Devices

By: , Posted on: September 6, 2021

This book uncovers the secrets of Fully Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD-SOI) technology and related nanodevices. While SOI has been around since the 60s, only in the last decade has fully-depleted SOI started to attract serious attention on the marketplace. The operation of ultrathin FD-SOI nanotransistors reveals peculiar mechanisms here exhaustively described for the first time. Another original part of the book is dedicated to the characterization techniques needed for such complex multi-interface structures. The final part outlines the family of revolutionary devices made possible by FD-SOI.

Why is this book timely?

FD-SOI technology is unchallenged in the field of low-power, radiofrequency (RF) and Internet-of-Things (IOT) integrated circuits. It therefore complements the FinFET circuits that still prevail in computation-dedicated high-performance chips. Many companies have recently migrated to FD-SOI technology. ALL our cellphones contain by now a big slice of SOI. The future looks even more glorious thanks to the deployment of ultralow-power systems, including battery-free chips. Progress in Research & Development is steady and will be even faster once the secrets and full potential of FD-SOI technology are plainly understood … after reading this book.

What makes this book unique?

Compared with existing books on SOI technology, including my previous one, this book exclusively covers the FD-SOI domain. Full depletion is actually enriching the SOI world. Threshold voltage tuning, super-coupling and band-modulation effect are unheard of in other technologies. Downscaling strategies and size effects have a special flavor in SOI, as clearly documented throughout the text. Several sophisticated mechanisms and emerging FD-SOI nano-devices, which have never been included in a book before, are detailed here from basics up to the expert-level considerations. The emphasis is put on concepts, experiments and physics-based interpretation.

Why did I decide to write the book?








After so many years of love with SOI (45; they keep calling me “the surviving SOI veteran”) and an endless list of publications, I felt that FD-SOI deserves its own book. I had enough time during the Covid confinement, which according to our friends the electrons is worse than quantum confinement. Writing the book was the only thing that could keep me smiling. I tried to capture this feeling in the book.  The rule of the game was to keep the text light despite the demanding technical content. The reviewers found the style informal, easy-to-understand and pleasant. I am eager to learn what readers think.

Who is the book intended to reach?

  • Researchers and engineers from industry involved in modeling and characterization
  • Laterally-thinking managers in chip companies
  • Academic scientists
  • Graduate students and bright undergraduates
  • Anybody who doesn’t care about SOI but just wants to read the puzzles included in the Book Annex.

About the Author

Sorin Cristoloveanu received the PhD (1976) in Electronics and the French Doctorat ès-Sciences in Physics (1981) from Grenoble Polytechnic Institute, France. He is currently Emeritus Director of Research CNRS. He also worked at JPL (Pasadena), Motorola (Phoenix), and the Universities of Maryland, Florida, Vanderbilt, Western Australia, Kyungpook (World Class University project, Korea), and Nanjing, China. He served as the director of the LPCS Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Projects in Microelectronics, initial seed of Minatec center. He authored more than 1,100 technical journal papers and communications at international conferences (including 170 invited contributions). He is the author or the editor of 36 books, and he has organized 35 international conferences. His expertise is in the area of the electrical characterization and modeling of semiconductor materials and devices, with special interest for silicon-on-insulator structures. He has supervised more than 110 PhD completions. With his students, he has received 17 Best Paper Awards, an Academy of Science Award (1995), and the Electronics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society (2002). He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Granada, and Editor of Solid-State Electronics. He is the recipient of the IEEE Andy Grove award 2017, the most prestigious distinction in the field of electronic components, for contributions to ‘silicon-on-insulator technology and thin body devices’.

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