GF Technology Delivers First Field Programmable Controller Unit

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An Austin, Texas-based business executive who works as the founding principal of The Busch Group, Richard Busch received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University. Between 2014 and 2015, Richard Busch served as the vice president for IP strategy and product line management at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), a semiconductor foundry that serves the mobility, communications, and automotive markets, among others.

In a press release, GF recently announced the results of its partnership with Silicon Mobility. The project, a 55nm Low Power Extended (LPx)-enabled platform called OLEA® T222, is regarded as the industry’s first-ever Field Programmable Controller Unit (FPCU) solution. The platform includes Silicon Storage Technology’s (SST) SuperFlash® memory technology and promises to boost the performance of electric and hybrid vehicles.

According to GF’s vice president of embedded memory David Eggleston, the combination of these technologies from several companies has resulted in a highly integrated automotive solution. Moreover, Eggleston notes that the company’s 55LPx platform is becoming the standard for the automotive market.

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GlobalFoundaries – CMOS Mainstream RF Circuits

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As the founder and CEO of the Busch Group in Austin, Texas, Richard Busch has been a professional in the semiconductor industry for over 33 years. Richard Busch has been the vice president or director for a number of companies in the semiconductor industry, including vice president of IP strategy and product line management for GlobalFoundaries.

GlobalFoundaries is an international corporation that fabricates, designs, and develops semiconductors for a variety of worldwide applications. The company employs some of the leading technologists and scientists to manufacture semiconductors that can transform industries. The applications for the semiconductors unclude RF, ASIC’s, and CMOS.

The CMOS Mainstream RF Circuits are designed to provide better technology scaling and digital circuitry integration, while also reducing the cost of the device. The CMOS RF Circuits are designed for specific target applications such as RF Transceivers to provide short-range connectivity, automotive radar that uses RF/mmWave applications, and higher performance applications.

The Advantages of FD-SOI Technology over Bulk-Silicon Transistors

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A resident of Austin, Texas, tech entrepreneur Richard Busch founded The Busch Group, a consulting firm for businesses ranging from startups to large-scale corporations. Richard Busch launched his company in 2015 following his tenure with Globalfoundries, where he oversaw intellectual property strategy for such products as fully depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) technology.

FD-SOI helps improve the performance of transistors, which themselves have increased in efficiency as developers have reduced their size. A planar process technology, FD-SOI allows for even greater power consumption reduction by managing the amount of leakage current, a common challenge presented by nano-sized transistors.

Compared to bulk-silicon transistors, which have become increasingly complex in terms of manufacturing steps, the technology simplifies processes and offers better results. FD-SOI requires lower voltage to operate, and it operates faster at those levels. The superior electrostatic features also decrease thermal dissipation while notably extending the battery life of devices.

FD-SOI technology achieves its results largely because of the insulator design, which features an ultra-thin layer referred to as the buried oxide, or BOX. This layer further enables effective control of the transistor channel through body biasing, something that bulk substrates limit.