austriamicrosystems releases 0.18 µm High-Voltage CMOS process for volume production

Industry-benchmark High-Voltage CMOS technology offers industry-first RF (Radio Frequency) integration and high density SoC (System on a Chip) capability

Unterpremstaetten, Austria, (PresseBox) - austriamicrosystems (SIX: AMS) today announced the conditional release for volume production of its advanced 0.18 µm High-Voltage CMOS process technology "H18" which will be manufactured in IBM's 200mm Burlington wafer facility. Jointly developed with IBM, the 0.18 µm High-Voltage CMOS process is the 6th generation of continuously improved High-Voltage CMOS technologies developed at austriamicrosystems.

Featuring a new level of RF and HV integration capability on a single IC, the new 0.18 µm High-Voltage CMOS process offers the highest integration density, up to 118k gates/mm², enabling SoC applications (System-on-Chip)as well as best-in-class power-on resistance (Rdson) which directly results in a silicon area reduction. The integration capabilities of H18 enable design houses and IDMs to create new applications in areas such as smart sensors, sensor interface devices, smart meters, industrial and building controls and LED lighting control. H18 is uniquely positioned to create the next generation of smarter interconnected devices.

Only a few mask level adders are required on top of the fully compatible CMOS base process to implement highvoltage capabilities, making the H18 process one of the most cost competitive 0.18 µm High-Voltage CMOS technologies in the market. The process allows the integration of 1.8V, 5V, 20V and 50V devices on a single chip without any process modifications. Process features such as Schottky barrier diode, high-resistive and precision poly, single- and dual metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors, varactors and up to 7 metal layers including thick last metal complete the state-of-the art High-Voltage CMOS process.

"We are very pleased to have jointly developed an industry-benchmark 0.18 µm High-Voltage CMOS process with IBM where austriamicrosystems enabled the technology with its leading high-voltage expertise. The process technology is finding tremendous interest in the market for allowing modular SoC designs integrating analog highvoltage blocks with RF CMOS, extended digital functions and micro-controllers," states Thomas Riener, Senior Vice President and General Manager of austriamicrosystems' Full Service Foundry business unit. "The H18 technology is now ramping in a broad range of smart green applications such as power management and LED driver applications."

"The combination of austriamicrosystems' leadership in high voltage and IBM's high density RF CMOS heritage has created unique value with the H18 process", said Regina Darmoni, Director of Specialty Foundry at IBM Microelectronics. "H18 represents a new paradigm of semiconductor integration, enabling smarter and more costeffective "endpoint" devices as part of the "Internet of Things". Photovoltaics, Smart Sensors, Smart Meters and LED drivers are just some of the Smarter Planet applications which will benefit. We look forward to our continued collaboration with austriamicrosystems in this expanding market."

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austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixedsignal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe-BiCMOS and embedded EEPROM processes. With superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses.

austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of standard and customized high-performance analog ICs in the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces and mobile infotainment. Complemented by its full service foundry services, the company focuses on the communications, industrial & medical and automotive markets. austriamicrosystems leverages almost 30 years of expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading products, operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).

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