Dr. Ni attended the rf-soi international symposium and delivered the keynote speech

PUBDATE:2018-09-02 02:00:17

From September 18 to 19, 2018, the 6th FD-SOI Summit Forum and International RF-SOI Workshop (Shanghai FD-SOI Forum & International RF-SOI Workshop) was held at Shangri-La Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai. At this summit forum, industry elites from top semiconductor companies, research institutes, investment institutions and government departments discussed the application of FD-SOI and RF-SOI in artificial intelligence, edge computing and 5G network connection technology.

The seminar focused on 5G interconnection and opportunities in the RF-SOI industry. Keynote speakers included 5G operators, system providers and equipment manufacturers, who presented their views on 5G deployment and RF-SOI preparation phase. At the conference "China RF-SOI ecosystem", spokespersons from China Chip Design Corporation and Chip Manufacturing Enterprises discussed the progress made in RF-SOI. In addition, discussions on global RF-SOI supply chains were also addressed.

Dr. Ni Wenhai, founder, chairman, chief technical officer and national 1000-person program expert of Jiamei, attended the seminar and delivered a keynote speech entitled "Sub-5G RF Frond-end Components Based on Advanced SOI CMOS Process", prospecting the market prospects and technological developments of mobile phone RF front-end field. This paper introduces Carmel's team and its achievements.

According to the Yole Development report in 2018, the market of mobile phone RF front-end modules and components is developing very rapidly, and it is expected that by 2023, the market will reach 35 billion US dollars. Carmel's goal is to achieve a market share of at least 10% in 2023, relying on antenna tuners and antenna switches based on SOI CMOS technology.

With the development of mobile communication technology, smart mobile terminals need to receive more frequency bands of signals. The earliest 2G mobile phones had only four bands, while by 2016, the number of bands supported by 4G mobile phones was close to 40. In the future, 5G mobile phones will have more bands, even close to 100 bands. Therefore, it is necessary to increase the number of RF switches to meet the needs of receiving and transmitting signals in different frequency bands. In the future, Jiamei will further improve the existing GPIO and MIPI interface high-quality switches, DPDT, xPxT antenna conversion switches, and design high-performance, small package, high voltage antenna tuner products, and cooperate with filter manufacturers to provide low-cost, suitable for small package module chip needs of radio frequency switches. Naked film.

On the other hand, the trend of mobile phone full screen is more and more obvious, but the beautification of appearance brings about the shrinkage of antenna aperture of mobile phone, which objectively requires multiple antenna tuners to improve the ability of antenna to receive and transmit signals of different frequency bands. Antenna tuning chips must have high voltage withstanding capability, while in high frequency, insertion loss must be very small, and production consistency must be good, which is an unprecedented challenge for chip designers. This is precisely where the Carmel team is expected to achieve breakthroughs and demonstrate its technological advantages.

At the meeting, in introducing the historical process of Jiamei Xinxin, Dr. Ni thanked Lance Technology and Fuhai Dongfang for their good opinion of 5G mobile phone RF chip in Chaoyang market and their recognition of the team's past performance. Together with Dr. Ni's team, they will integrate resources and promote the existing high-quality RF switches, tuners and future 5G RF front-end products to the domestic first-line mobile phone brand customers.

The Sino-US trade war has brought uncertainties such as lack of core to domestic mobile phone manufacturers. Dr. Ni believes that what we can do is to prepare for the replacement and supply of domestic brand chips. As early as a few years ago, Carmelson cores were localized in all mainland China in the back-end operations of wafer production, packaging and testing. Once the products of U.S. RF chip suppliers are listed in the tariff list, Carmel, on behalf of domestic enterprises, is more likely to have prominent advantages in terms of price, supply chain stability, technical support and so on, while guaranteeing product quality and performance.

Dr. Ni said with emotion: In the current trend, there should be several domestic RF chip manufacturers who are expected to enter first-line mobile phone brand customers such as Huawei, VIVO, OPPO and Xiaomi. It's man-made. God always gives opportunities to those who are ready.