austriamicrosystems Launches High Performance Process Design Kit 4.0

austriamicrosystems’ (SWX:AMS) business unit Full Service Foundry announced the availability of its new analog/mixed signal high performance process design kit (“HIT-Kit”) for its 0.35um CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS specialty technologies. Based on the latest version of Cadence Virtuoso (registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc.) custom design platform (IC 6.1 release), the new HIT-Kit significantly improves the time-to-market for highly competitive products in the analog intensive mixed signal arena. Supporting designers in creating their first-time-right mixed signal designs even for complex systems, this comprehensive design kit with its highly accurate simulation models and flexible pcells provides a proven route to silicon.

The new HIT-Kit v4.0 is available for Cadence Design Systems’ latest version of Virtuoso custom design platform IC 6.1 and supports the high performance 0.35um process technologies C35 (CMOS), S35 (SiGe BiCMOS) and H35 (High-Voltage CMOS). This new version includes silicon-qualified digital, analog and RF library elements as well as fully characterized simulation models for a large set of simulators, extraction and verification run sets and automatic layout device generators. Hence product developers are enabled with a plug-and-play tool set which facilitates “first time right” designs.

“This new HIT-Kit 4.0 is a result of austriamicrosystems continuous efforts to deliver the best in class design environment to our customers,” states Thomas Riener, General Manager Full Service Foundry at austriamicrosystems. “The usage of the new HIT-Kit enables our customers to access the latest features of our high performance analog process technologies, such as the 120V option of our advanced H35 technology.”

All I/O structures within the design kit are silicon-validated and meet the military ESD and JEDEC latch-up standards with I/O pads designed to surpass 2kV (H35 I/O pad cells only) HBM and 250mA latch-up immunity. In C35 technology the total I/O libraries consist of more than 1800 cells supporting 3.3V and 3.3V/5V designs. The specialty High Voltage CMOS process H35 with its isolated libraries offers even more than 2400 core and periphery cells.

To meet our customers` demands also in terms of flexibility, the HIT-Kit supports RedHat EL 3.0, EL 4.0 and Sun Solaris 8, 9 and10 operating systems.

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: AMS).