ams schedules 2016 multi-project wafer starts

12th November 2015
Posted By : Nat Bowers
ams schedules 2016 multi-project wafer starts

The Full Service Foundry division of ams has announced its fast and cost-efficient IC prototyping service, known as Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) or shuttle run, with an updated schedule for 2016. The prototyping service, which combines several designs from different customers onto a single wafer, offers significant cost advantages for foundry customers as the costs for wafers and masks are shared among a number of different shuttle participants.

The recently introduced voltage scalable High-Voltage transistors are now also available for shuttle participants. Optimised for various drain-source voltage levels from 20 to 100V and providing significant lower on-resistance, the truly scalable transistors result in significant area savings when compared to a standard transistor. Foundry customers developing complex High-Voltage analogue/mixed-signal applications instantly benefit from more dies per area.

ams’ best in class MPW service includes the whole range of 0.18 and 0.35μm specialty processes. In order to provide leading analogue semiconductor process technologies, manufacturing and services, ams offers four MPW runs in 0.18μm CMOS (C18) process as well as four MPW runs in its advanced 0.18μm High-Voltage CMOS (H18) technology supporting 1.8, 5, 20 and 50V devices. For its 0.35μm speciality processes, a total of 14 runs are offered in 2016. ams' 0.35μm High- Voltage CMOS process family, optimised for High-Voltage designs in automotive and industrial applications, supports 20, 50 and 120V devices as well as truly voltage scalable transistors. The advanced High-Voltage CMOS process with embedded EEPROM functionality as well as the 0.35μm SiGe-BiCMOS technology S35 are fully compatible to the base CMOS process and complete ams’ MPW service portfolio.

Overall, ams will offer almost 150 MPW start dates in 2016, enabled by co-operations with worldwide acting partner organisations such as CMP, Europractice, Fraunhofer IIS and Mosis. Customers located in APAC region may also participate via our local MPW programme partners Toppan Technical Design Center Co., Ltd and MEDs Technologies.

The complete schedule for 2016 has now been released and detailed start dates per process are available here.

To take advantage of the MPW service, ams’ foundry customers deliver their completed GDSII-data on specific dates and receive untested packaged samples or dies within a short lead-time of typically 8 weeks for CMOS and 12 weeks for High-Voltage CMOS, SiGe-BiCMOS and Embedded Flash processes.

All process technologies are supported by the well-known hitkit, ams’ industry benchmark process design kit based on Cadence, Mentor Graphics or Keysight ADS design environments. The hitkit comes complete with fully silicon-qualified standard cells, periphery cells and general purpose analogue cells such as comparators, operational amplifiers, low power ADCs and DACs. Custom analogue and RF devices, physical verification rule sets for Assura and Calibre, as well as precisely characterised circuit simulation models, enable rapid design starts of complex high performance mixed-signal ICs. In addition to standard prototype services, ams also offers advanced analogue IP blocks, a memory (RAM/ROM) generation service and packaging services in ceramic or plastic.

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