Soitec Semiconductor Materials
Global industry leader Soitec generates and produces semiconductor materials offering extreme performance to the electronics and energy industries. As an industrial company, we have built our reputation developing and manufacturing our flagship material, Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI).
Jean-Michel Lamure and André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé founded Soitec in 1992 to develop and commercialize the revolutionary Smart Cut™ ‘atomic scalpel’ technology. Since then, the company has continued to innovate and grow. Today we are driving technological advances that will shape the performance of tomorrow’s products on markets like IT, telecommunications, automotive electronics, and lighting. Our technology portfolio has also enabled us to become a global leader in the manufacture of systems used by the concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) solar energy industry.
Global supplier of semiconductor materials
Soitec is a truly international company, with:
- R&D and industrial manufacturing activities in France, Germany, Singapore, and the US
- A customer base that includes global microelectronics and energy leaders in the US, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Europe (more than 90% of our revenues come from export sales)
- Employees representing 25 nationalities working in more than ten countries
- Striving to meet the challenges of energy efficiency and performance
- With our technologies and innovation capacity, we strive to boost energy efficiency and performance of electronics and energy markets, one of society’s greatest challenges
Electronic components made from Soitec SOI wafers offer 50% better performance than their silicon-only (bulk) equivalents. SOI-based processors offer market-leading levels of performance for applications ranging from PCs to game consoles.
Incorporating even more features into electronic devices while extending battery life requires powerful yet energy-efficient components. Soitec products give electronic device designers the flexibility they need to deliver the features their customers want at a competitive price.
Growing convergence between smartphones, tablets and laptop PCs, and the ever-increasing use of these and other mobile devices in places like homes, cars, and hospitals will continue to drive the boom in applications and the demand for even longer battery life.
Miniaturized semiconductor products
Soitec’s latest generation of products will help the industry overcome the main technological hurdles faced by sub-20nm microelectronics, guaranteeing that Moore’s law of exponential growth of affordable integrated circuit transistor capacity continues well into the future.
Energy-efficient semiconductor processes
Components made from Soitec SOI wafers use 50% less energy than traditional components. Therefore, Soitec products offer formidable opportunities to reduce the energy consumption in applications for electronics, lighting, and transportation – resulting in massively curbed CO2 emissions. Widespread use of SOI-based LED lamps would generate further energy savings of 60% to 70% for lighting.