Speeding innovation for industry
Soitec uses its advanced technologies to design and produce innovative substrates that meet the electronics industry’s challenges.
Soitec was founded in 1992 by two Leti researchers. The pair first developed SmartCutTM, a process for scaling up Siliconon- Insulator (SOI) wafer technology for mass production. Leti and Soitec continue to collaborate closely through the joint lab that was founded at the company’s inception. On today’s electronic component market, SOI is highly regarded for its superior performance, energy efficiency, and competitive cost. Soitec’s materials—particularly well-suited to mobile device manufacturing—are also used to produce chips for consumer electronics in general, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and the automotive industry.
Soitec’s substrates can be found in servers, cars, smartphones, tablets, wearable tech devices, and smart lighting.
Soitec is still based just outside of Grenoble, in Bernin. However 90% of the company’s sales are to customers outside France. The company has around 850 employees in France and 1,200 worldwide (January 2015).
Resources and skills
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.