ams schedules 2015 multi-project wafer starts for analogue foundry customers

The Full Service Foundry division of ams AG has announced its fast and cost-efficient IC prototyping service, known as Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) or shuttle run, with an updated schedule for 2015. 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.

As a further extension of its “More than Silicon” initiative, ams now provides advanced packaging services to its shuttle participants by offering WLCSP (Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging) on selected MPW runs within 2015. This combination of fast prototyping service plus chip scale packaging offers large cost savings and great flexibility to foundry customers.

ams’ best in class MPW service includes the whole range of 0.18µm and 0.35µm specialty pro-cesses. 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 1.8V, 5V, 20V and 50V devices. For the 0.35µm specialty processes, which are based on the 0.35µm CMOS process transferred from TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), a total of 14 runs are offered in 2015. ams’ 0.35µm High-Voltage CMOS process family, optimised for high-voltage de-signs in automotive and industrial applications, supports 20V, 50V and 120V devices. 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 base process and complete ams’ MPW service portfolio.

Overall, ams will offer almost 150 MPW start dates in 2015, enabled by long lasting co-operations with partner organizations such as CMP, Europractice, Fraunhofer IIS and Mosis. Japanese cus-tomers may also participate via our local MPW program partner Toppan Technical Design Center Co., Ltd (TDC).

The complete schedule for 2015 has now been released and detailed start dates per process are available on the web at http://asic.ams.com/MPW

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 A/D and D/A converters. Cus-tom analogue and RF devices, physical verification rule sets for Assura and Calibre, as well as precisely characterized 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.ww

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