X-FAB Silicon Foundries launched the XH018 HT, which is a new module that adds high-temperature capability to its XH018 technology family. The XH018 HT extension is available now for tape-ins. Engineers can start their designs now and submit their prototypes for production. The combination of embedded Flash IP blocks, TrimOTP, and NVRAM compiler and high-temperature capability up to 175 degrees will become available next quarter. Designers have the choice of using X-FAB’s ready-to-use blocks or their own memory design.
The XH018 HT is the industry’s first and only 0.18 micrometer platform with high temperature (HT), high voltage (HV) and non-volatile memory (NVM) capability. X-FAB also added 13 new primitive devices with this extension, including multiple HV transistors with enhanced Ron performance, symmetrical HV transistors and new electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection structures.
The XH018 high-temperature process module extends the operation temperature range of the integrated circuits (ICs) to +175°C and requires no additional mask layers, making it very cost-efficient. The added primitive devices include 10V and 20V transistors and symmetrical high-voltage transistors that enable designers to facilitate their designs and product development. An 18V Schottky diode that can be used for charge pumps and as an ESD protection device to prevent electrostatic discharge complements the new HV transistors.
X-FAB’s XH018 high-temperature extension and new devices are ideal for use in automotive applications such as control devices inside combustion engine compartments or electric engine housings. They are well suited for automotive applications with operating voltages up to 45V. The flexible combination with other existing process features also provides a unique offering for motor control and power management or power-conversion applications for a wide range of voltages in industrial, medical and consumer systems.
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