austriamicrosystems Expands Multi-Project Wafer Service

austriamicrosystems’ (SWX: AMS) business unit Full Service Foundry expands its cost-efficient and speedy ASIC prototyping service, known as Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) or shuttle run, with a more extensive schedule for 2008. The service which combines several designs from different customers onto one wafer allows sharing the costs for wafer and masks among a number of different shuttle participants.

austriamicrosystems’ MPW service includes the whole range of processes in 0.35um geometry which are 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, ideally suited for power management products and display drivers, and a 50V CMOS process, optimized for automotive and industrial applications, serve customers’ demand for high-voltage applications and products. The advanced High-Voltage CMOS process with Embedded Flash functionality adds to austriamicrosystems’ MPW service portfolio. For the first time austriamicrosystems offers the prototyping service for its advanced 0.18um High-Voltage CMOS technology H18, a joint development with IBM. The H18 process technology is based on IBM’s industry proven 0.18um CMOS process CMOS7RF and is perfectly suited for smart power management ICs in handsets, PDAs, portable media players and other mobile devices.

In 2008, austriamicrosystems will offer more than 150 MPW start dates, made possible through long lasting co-operations with organizations like CMP-TIMA, Europractice, Fraunhofer IIS and MOSIS. The full schedule for 2008 has now been released and detailed start dates per process are available online.

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 a short lead-time of typically 8 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’ state-of-the-art 8 inch wafer fab in Austria.

All process technologies are supported by the well-known HIT-Kit, an advanced process design kit based on Cadence, Mentor Graphics or Agilent ADS design environments. The HIT-Kit comes complete with fully silicon-qualified standard cells, periphery cells and general purpose analog cells such as comparators, operational amplifiers, low power A/D and D/A converters. Custom analog and RF devices, physical verification rule sets for Assura and Calibre as well as excellently characterized circuit simulation models enable rapid design starts of complex high performance mixed-signal ICs. In addition to standard prototype services, austriamicrosystems also offers analog IP blocks, memory (RAM/ROM) generation service and packaging services in ceramic or plastic.

About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems’ business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixed-signal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS processes. With superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses. austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).