By Cameron Chai
Full Service Foundry, a business unit of austriamicrosystems, has unveiled the Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) or shuttle run service, its improved cost-saving and quick IC prototyping service with a comprehensive schedule in the fiscal year 2012.
Through the service, different designs of various customers will be combined onto a single wafer, enabling considerable cost savings to foundry companies, as the costs for masks and wafers will be distributed between the various shuttle participants. The service comprises the complete range of 0.18-0.35 µm specialty processes.
At present, austriamicrosystems provides four MPW runs in its sophisticated 0.18 µm high-voltage CMOS (H18) process technology and four MPW runs in 0.18 µm CMOS process technology. The H18 process technology is ideal for applications, including control of LED lighting in the medical, industrial and automotive markets, building and industrial controls, smart meters, sensor interface devices and smart sensors.
Austriamicrosystems will offer 15 runs in total for the .35 µm specialty processes in the fiscal year 2012. The MPW service portfolio now incorporates the sophisticated high-voltage CMOS technology with embedded flash capability. In total, the company will provide nearly 150 MPW start dates in the fiscal year 2012, facilitated by a long-term partnership with institutes, including Mosis, Fraunhofer IIS, Europractice and CMP-TIMA. Foundry customers in Japan can directly access the MPW service through the Toppan Technical Design Center, the company’s MPW program partner in Japan.
In order to optimize austriamicrosystems’ MPW service, foundry companies will provide their full set of GDSII-data at particular dates and obtain untested dies or packaged samples within a minimal lead-time of 10 weeks for the 0.35 µm Embedded Flash, SiGe-BiCMOS and high-voltage CMOS technologies and 8 weeks for the CMOS process. Every 0.35 µm MPW run will be produced at the company’s advanced 8" wafer fab facility in Austria. The company’s process design kit, HIT-Kit that is based on the design environments of Agilent ADS, Mentor Graphics or Cadence supports all the process technologies.