X-FAB Silicon Foundries,
the world's leading foundry for the production of analog/digital integrated
circuits, today announced that its Malaysian facility in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
– with its modern 200 mm production line – now is fully qualified
for volume production and second sourcing of the company's 0.35 micrometer
high-voltage process technology called XH035. This process technology is ideal
for a wide variety of applications including RF and power management, low-power
and high-precision mixed-signal circuits, analog front-ends for sensors, mixed-signal
embedded systems, systems-on-chip (SoCs) and automotive applications.
The flexible XH035 CMOS technology can be expanded easily with a full range
of add-on modules including three- and four-layer metallization, a second gate-oxide
for transistors with varying breakdown voltages of up to 50 Volts, well isolated
3.3 and 5-Volt transistors, and EEPROM storage blocks. Full front- and back-end
modularity creates a lean process flow and optimizes the number of mask layers.
The process also meets the rigorous AEC-Q100 standard for automotive applications.
The XH035 process comes with a large variety of active and passive devices
to address analog/mixed-signal design needs. These devices include high-voltage
NMOS, PMOS and DMOS transistors, double-poly and MIM capacitors, high-ohmic
and low-TC resistors. In addition, the process offers excellent matching, low
on-resistance high-voltage devices and embedded NVM options. It also features
a variety of dense standard cell libraries optimized for area, speed, low power
or low noise; and I/O libraries, including ESD support and numerous verified
analog IP libraries.
In addition, RF CMOS building block extensions are available for applications
up to 2.4 GHz, for Bluetooth, WLAN and ISM transmitters/receivers.
The next process extension, already in the Conditional Release development
phase, will offer a very compact single poly EEPROM cell 30-percent smaller
than the current EEPROM, and with two fewer mask layers. Designs and risk production
can be started now on this extended process version.