Cypress Semiconductor has been selected by L-3 Cincinnati Electronics, a division of L-3 Communications, to manufacture its Readout Integrated Circuits (ROICs). L-3 CE will design and manufacture its state-of-the-art ROICs for its cooled infrared detectors using Cypress’s proprietary process technology at the Cypress Foundry Solutions wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The ROICs will be based on Cypress’s S8 mixed-signal 130-nanometer flash-based SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) process technology. SONOS is compatible with standard CMOS technologies and offers numerous advantages, including high endurance and low power.
According to L-3 CE, due to the large die size of infrared sensor ROICs it needed to select a manufacturing partner that could provide the lowest percentage of defects for higher yield. It also needed a partner with expertise in “stitching,” or the ability to process dice larger than standard stepper wafer handling equipment can handle. Cypress was able to meet these requirements by combining its 130-nm mixed-signal front-end process with the low-defect density and design rules for precise stitching of its 90-nm aluminum back-end of line process.
“Based on Cypress”s comprehensive defect control strategy, we”ve been albel to expand our supplier base to meet the growing demand for large-format thermal imaging,” said Vance King, Vice President and General Manager of IR Products at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics. “Our cutting-edge, high-definition sensing technology, combined with Cypress’s proven, high-volume 8-inch 130-nm technology enables us to achieve the performance and affordable cost requirements of U.S. defence markets.”
“This agreement continues to validates our commitment to high-quality, low-cost manufacturing in the United States,” said Mehran Sedigh, Vice President of Front-End Manufacturing at Cypress. “We have continued to expand our base of leading-edge customers, such as L-3, for our Minnesota wafer fab, and we expect this trend to continue as more companies see the value and service that Cypress Foundry Solutions offers.”
The agreement will leverage Cypress’s advanced process technology and transfer expertise along with its Trusted Fab accreditation and quality certifications for TS16949 and ISO14001. L-3 CE and Cypress expect to have the product qualified by late 2014.
Cypress manufactures high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions for a variety of markets, including defense and automotive, proving a strong fit for L-3 CE, a leader in infrared solutions for military and commercial applications.