Soitec

Soitec is the world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for electronic and energy industries. As an industrial company, we have built our reputation developing and manufacturing our flagship material, SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator). 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 leading technological advances that will shape the performance of tomorrow’s products on markets like computing, telecommunications, automotive electronics, and lighting. Our Concentrix™ technology has also enabled us to become a global leader in the manufacture of systems used by the concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar energy industry.

Company details

Parc Technologique des Fontaines, Chemin des Franques , Bernin , 38190 France

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Energy
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1992

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Addressing innovation challenges through global reach

Pioneering new technologies

Soitec is the world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for electronic and energy industries. As an industrial company, we have built our reputation developing and manufacturing our flagship material, SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator).

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 leading technological advances that will shape the performance of tomorrow’s products on markets like computing, telecommunications, automotive electronics, and lighting.
A global footprint

Soitec is a truly international company, with:

  • R&D and industrial manufacturing activities in France, Germany, Singapore, and the United States
  • A customer base that includes global microelectronics and energy leaders located on five continents (more than 90% of our revenues come from export sales)
  • Employees representing 30 nationalities working in more than 10 countries

Striving to meet the challenges of energy efficiency and performance

Soitec leverages a strong portfolio of technologies and a high capacity for innovation to deliver enhanced performance and energy efficiency to the electronics and energy markets – some of tomorrow’s biggest challenges.

The pillars of Soitec’s corporate strategy

Soitec is a growth company. Our strategy hinges upon developing and industrializing new technologies and processes, which, when used alone or in combination, deliver decisive new levels of performance to the markets they target. Our business development strategy is built on three pillars:

Use our disruptive technologies to make products that become the new market standards

Soitec’s strategy is to rapidly penetrate new high-volume markets that typically have short production cycles and make our products tomorrow’s industry standards. To achieve this goal, we invest heavily in state-of-the art production facilities tailored to the markets we are targeting. We also have a highly-selective technology transfer policy based on licensing agreements with carefully-chosen industrial partners. Thanks to our licensing policy, Smart Cut™ SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator) based wafers represent over 80 percent (estimate) of the global SOI market.

Reach diverse markets likely to profit from our technological advances

Soitec products have applications on an increasingly diverse range of markets that include computers and gaming consoles; imagers; radio frequency components used in telephones, PCs and smartphones; on-board microelectronic components for the automotive industry; and concentrating photovoltaic solar panels.

We are also investing substantial resources to develop revolutionary materials for lighting and power electronics.

Regardless of the market, we focus our innovation efforts on differentiating technologies that add maximum value to end products.

Boost R&D through partnerships and shorten time-to-market

Soitec has developed a broad array of R&D partnerships with leading labs like CEA-Leti, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, UC Berkeley, and IMEC, as well as with our customers, many of whom are leaders in their industries. We are also active in industry organizations like competitive clusters, the SOI Industry Consortium, the CPV Consortium, Desertec and Medgrid.

Our goal is to leverage the synergies these partnerships generate to deliver breakthrough technologies that create new opportunities for our customers.

Soitec: Guided by values, driven by success

At Soitec, our performance — and successes — are built on our four core values: succeed together, merit trust, be audacious and commit to win.. True to the spirit of our company’s founders, these values are today shared by all Soitec employees. They serve as our compass, guiding our actions and decisions.

When a new employee joins the Soitec team, he or she learns about our values during the new employee orientation process. The Soitec values are also reflected in the expected behaviors included in the annual employee appraisal.

Living our values through excellence in customer relations

We express our commitment to the Soitec values in our relationships with our customers.

  • Succeed together: We embrace teamwork and lasting relationships with our customers and stakeholders.
  • Merit trust: We strive to earn the trust of our customers and stakeholders through win-win relationships. Honesty and integrity are at the heart of our business decisions.
  • Be audacious: We envision the markets of tomorrow to achieve breakthroughs in technology for our customers and set new markets standards.
  • Commit to win: We aspire to secure a leading and sustainable position in our markets, delivering trend-setting know-how through individual initiative and accountability.

Soitec headquarters: Firmly anchored in Grenoble, France’s high-tech ecosystem

Soitec headquarters, located in Bernin, France, enjoys a strong foothold in Grenoble's global micro-and nanotechnology innovation ecosystem. Our Bernin facility boasts an internationally-known R&D center dedicated entirely to innovative new semiconductor materials, the world’s largest SOI production facility, and the company’s support services.

Global manufacturing capacity

Soitec’s Grenoble, France production site

Our site in Bernin, France (just outside Grenoble) is the world's largest SOI production facility, with 4,500 m² (48,500 sq. feet) of clean rooms spread across three different plants:

  • Bernin I went online in 1998, reaching full capacity in 2002. The plant houses silicon and 150 mm and 200 mm SOI wafer production and can produce up to 800,000 (200 mm-equivalent) wafers per year.
  • Bernin II opened in 2002 and specializes in 300 mm wafers – today the microelectronics industry standard – and can produce 720,000 wafers annually.
  • Bernin III focuses on 3D integration using our Smart Stacking™ process.

The Altatech production site in Montbonnot

Altatech MontbonnotCreated in 2004, Altatech Semiconductor manufactures highly efficient, cost effective inspection and CVD equipments used for manufacturing of Semiconductor, LEDs and Mems. With 1000 m² of clean room, the site offers high production capacity.

An innovation strategy focused on breakthrough technologies

Innovation is the key to our success at Soitec – it is part of who we are. Our company was founded to develop and commercialize a breakthrough process, our Smart Cut™ technology. Next came another major advance, our Smart Stacking™ technology. More recently, we added the leading-edge Concentrix™ concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology to our portfolio. From the founding of our company to our latest technologies, market-changing innovation has always been the pathway to success at Soitec.

We invest around 10% of our revenue in R&D to develop and perfect breakthrough materials technologies, with a special emphasis on SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator), SOQ (Silicon On Quartz), and III-V composites.

Innovation is how we lead, grow and maximize value through incremental and breakthrough solutions for the electronics and energy industries.

Backed by a finely-honed ability to anticipate market needs, we have amassed a robust pool of industrial property, penetrated mass markets with a highly differentiated product lineup, and expanded into new markets like automotive electronics, imaging, photovoltaics, and lighting.

R&D in collaboration with manufacturers

Our R&D teams work closely with manufacturers, as well as with publicly-funded laboratories such as CEA-Leti and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. We also take full advantage of the high-tech resources available in and around all of our locations worldwide: Grenoble, France (our headquarters) is a major European center for microelectronics and is home to leaders in education, research, and industry; Freiburg, Germany, where we also have operations, is home to the Fraunhofer Institute; and Phoenix, Arizona is a center for advanced epitaxy research.

Quality: Total customer satisfaction through effective management

Soitec has implemented an integrated Quality, Safety, Health, and Environment system to improve the company’s performance and secure long-term market leadership. Our QSHE management system is one of the pillars of our sustainable development strategy.

We are committed to providing the resources needed to effectively implement our QSHE system to:

  • Achieve and maintain high customer satisfaction
  • Take into consideration the needs of all stakeholders
  • Comply with laws, regulations, and any other requirements that apply to our business
  • Ensure effective risk prevention
  • Continuously improve performance
  • Involve and hold accountable employees at all levels within the organization

Our QHSE system reflects our company’s values and ensures that our strategy and policy are rolled out effectively.

QHSE Policy

Our QSHE policy focuses on the following three pillars:

  • Quality
    • Being the supplier of material solutions for each new integrated circuit generation
    • Improving product quality, production and product characterization means capability
    • Reducing cycle time
    • Increasing reactivity to customers’ demands
    • Reducing costs
  • Safety and Health
    • Achieving zero accident
    • Preventing occupational diseases
    • Reducing risks at the workplace
    • Preventing major accidents
  • Environment
    • Preventing pollution to land, air and water
    • Improving waste recycling
    • Reducing the use of natural resources
    • Guaranty banned substances management

Processes

Soitec has implemented transversal processes to manage performance and ensure that our key activities are reliably carried out to the highest standards. Our processes are reviewed by top management on a regular basis. Improvements are made based on the reviews with the goal of maintaining excellent customer and stakeholder satisfaction.