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  1. Alexander Kushnerov
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  4. Thursday, 09 January 2020
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Hi,

Thank you for answering my previous questions. I have a couple more.
Since the Bizen transistor is linked with the name Zener, one could recall that Zener diode can be a good source of noise.
On the other hand, it is stated here
https://betrusted.io/avalanche-noise.html
that "Quantum tunneling is synonymous with the “zener” effect, and is a different physical process which generates less noise."
So, could the Bizen transistors be used for building low (medium) noise analog circuits?
The second question is: could this new device from IBM be considered as a competitor of Bizen?
T. H. Ning, "A perspective on SOI symmetric lateral bipolar transistors for ultra-low-power systems," IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society, 4(5), pp.227-235.
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7448824
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Hi Alex

You're correct, while both devices are called Zener diodes, the noise issue is related to Avalanche mechanics whereas Zener tunnel mechanics allows for very compact analogue.

On your second question, Bizen targets time to market and price-sensitive markets. We deliberately avoided the use of SOI at the outset.

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