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austriamicrosystems releases comprehensive High-Voltage CMOS, High- Voltage Flash and RF Multi Project Wafer Services schedule for Foundry Customers

Prototyping service now also available via Japanese MPW program partner Toppan

(PresseBox) (Unterpremstaetten, Austria, ) austriamicrosystems' (SIX: AMS) Full Service Foundry business unit today released its further expanded fast and cost-efficient IC prototyping service, known as Multi- Project Wafer (MPW) or shuttle run, with an even more extensive schedule in 2012. 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.

austriamicrosystems' best-in-class MPW service includes the whole range of 0.183m and 0.353m specialty processes. In order to provide leading analog semiconductor process technology, manufacturing and services, austriamicrosystems now offers four MPW runs in the 0.183m CMOS (C18) process as well as four MPW runs in its advanced 0.183m High-Voltage CMOS (H18) technology. The H18 process technology is based on IBM's industry proven 0.183m CMOS process CMOS7RF and offers industry-first RF (Radio Frequency) integration and high density SoC (System on a Chip) capability. It is perfectly suited for applications such as smart sensors, sensor interface devices, smart meters, industrial and building controls and LED lighting control in the automotive, industrial and medical markets.

For the 0.353m specialty processes, which are based on the 0.353m CMOS process transferred from TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), a total of 15 runs are offered in 2012: austriamicrosystems' 0.353m High-Voltage CMOS process family with a 20V CMOS option -- which is ideally suited for power management products and display drivers, a 50V CMOS process -- which has been optimized for automotive and industrial applications, and a 120V module -- which meets the requirements of sensor and sensor interface chips in high-voltage applications. The advanced High-Voltage CMOS process with Embedded Flash functionality adds to austriamicrosystems' MPW service portfolio. The CMOS compatible 0.353m Silicon-Germanium BiCMOS technology (S35) enables RF circuit designs with an operating frequency of up to 7 GHz combined with highdensity digital parts on one single ASIC.

Overall austriamicrosystems will offer almost 150 MPW start dates in 2012, enabled by long lasting cooperation with organizations such as CMP-TIMA, Europractice, Fraunhofer IIS and Mosis. Japanese customers may now participate via our new MPW program partner Toppan Technical Design Center Co., Ltd (TDC). Located in Tokyo, TDC is acting as a local foundry service provider for austriamicrosystems and will provide Japanese foundry customers with direct access to MPW service. The complete schedule for 2012 has now been released and detailed start dates per process are available on the web at

To take advantage of the MPW service, austriamicrosystems' foundry customers deliver their completed GDSIIdata at specific dates and receive untested packaged samples or dies within a short lead-time of typically 8 weeks for CMOS and 10 weeks for 0.353m High-Voltage CMOS, SiGe-BiCMOS and Embedded Flash processes. All 0.353m MPW runs will be manufactured at austriamicrosystems' state-of-the-art 8 inch wafer fab in Austria.

All process technologies are supported by the well-known HIT-Kit, the austriamicrosystems industry benchmark process design kit based on Cadence, Mentor Graphics or Agilent ADS design environments. The HIT-Kit comes complete with fully silicon-qualified standard cells, periphery cells and general purpose analog cells such as comparators, operational amplifiers, low power A/D and D/A converters. Custom analog and RF devices, physical verification rule sets for Assura and Calibre as well as excellently characterized circuit simulation models enable rapid design starts of complex high performance mixed-signal ICs. In addition to standard prototype services, austriamicrosystems also offers analog IP blocks, a memory (RAM/ROM) generation service and packaging services in ceramic or plastic.

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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 is an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses.

austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining almost 30 years of analog design know-how with state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities and production partnerships. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading standard and customized analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,200 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces and mobile infotainment in its markets Consumer & Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive. Through the merger with TAOS, a world leader in advanced light sensors, austriamicrosystems has expanded its innovative sensor offering for growth markets such as mobile devices. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker: AMS). For more information, please visit