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Full Service Foundry, the business unit of Austriamicrosystems, has expanded its Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) ASIC prototyping service for 2009 with a more extensive schedule.

The service combines several designs from different customers onto one wafer.

It offers cost advantages for foundry customers as the costs for wafer and masks are shared among different shuttle participants.

Austriamicrosystems’ MPW service includes the 0.18um and 0.35um range of processes.

Austriamicrosystems is now offering three prototyping runs for its 0.18um high-voltage CMOS technology H18, a joint development with IBM.

The H18 process technology is based on IBM’s 0.18um CMOS process CMOS7RF and is suited for smart power management ICs in handsets, PDAs, portable media players and other mobile devices.

Four MPW runs for foundry customers are available in the CMOS7RF base technology.

Sixteen runs are offered in 2009 for the 0.35um processes based on the 0.35um CMOS process transferred from TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company).

The CMOS-compatible 0.35um silicon-germanium BiCMOS technology enables RF circuit designs with an operating frequency of up to 10 GHz combined with high-density digital parts on one single ASIC.

The 0.35um high-voltage CMOS process family with a 20V CMOS option is suited for power management products and display drivers; with a 50V CMOS option it is suited for automotive and industrial applications; and with a 120V option it is suited for sensor and sensor interface chips.

In 2009, Austriamicrosystems will offer more than 150 MPW start-dates, enabled through long lasting co-operations with organisations such as CMP-TIMA, Europractice, Fraunhofer IIS and Mosis.

The schedule for 2009 has been released and detailed start dates per process are available on the company’s website.

To take advantage of the MPW service, Austriamicrosystems’ foundry customers deliver their completed GDSII-data at specific dates and receive untested packaged samples or dies within eight weeks for CMOS and 10 weeks for 0.35um high-voltage CMOS, SiGe-BiCMOS and embedded flash processes.

All 0.35um MPW runs will be produced at Austriamicrosystems’ 8in wafer fab in Austria.

All process technologies are supported by the Hit-Kit, a process-design kit based on Cadence, Mentor Graphics or Agilent ADS design environments.

The Hit-Kit comes with silicon-qualified standard cells, periphery cells and general purpose analogue cells such as comparators, operational amplifiers, low power A/D and D/A converters.

Custom analogue and RF devices, physical verification rule-sets for Assura and Calibre and well characterised circuit simulation models enable rapid design starts of complex high performance mixed-signal ICs.

Austriamicrosystems also offers analogue IP blocks, a memory (RAM/ROM) generation service and packaging services in ceramic or plastic.


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