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ON Semiconductor Introduces HighQ™Copper on Silicon Integrated Passive Device Process Technology and IPD Product Design Tools

High quality IPD technology is ideal for passives used in portable/wireless applications where high performance and cost competitiveness are a must

(PresseBox) (Phoenix, AZ , ) ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a global supplier of semiconductor solutions that annually ships over 30 billion devices, has announced the expansion of its advance process technology offerings to include HighQ™ copper (Cu) on silicon (Si) integrated passive device (IPD) manufacturing services. This innovative 8-inch wafer technology delivers higher performance than less sophisticated Cu Si processes at a far better cost than expensive, ultra-high performance Gold (Au) on Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) based passive products.

ON Semiconductor’s HighQ™ IPD process technology is ideal for the production of passive devices - such as baluns, couplers, and filters that are used in portable and wireless applications where higher performance equates to longer battery life.

“Until now, designers have had to sacrifice performance when choosing passive devices for their board designs in order to deliver cost competitive, consumer products,” said Rich Carruth, general manager of manufacturing services for ON Semiconductor. “Gold on GaAs passives deliver the preferred performance but are often entirely too cost prohibitive for use in high volume consumer products like cell phones and other wireless devices. Typical Copper on Si passives offer a better cost than GaAs, but performance has lagged. Passive devices based on ON Semiconductor’s HighQ™ process, provide designers a valuable third option - higher Q than typical Cu Si at a much more competitive price than GaAs.”

The Process
The IPD process is run in ON Semiconductor’s world class 200 mm manufacturing facility located in the U.S. The facility features best-in-class prototype and production cycle times and features hi-tech yield and failure analysis equipment and systems.

The HighQ™ process technology offers thick copper inductors, MIM capacitors (0.62 fF/um2) and TiN resistors (9 ohms/square). It is a proven reliable process that will meet the full suite of reliability evaluations to demonstrate the robustness of the solution.


- Temperature cycling -65°C/150°C
- Full intrinsic reliability on metals, Vias and MIM
- High temperature Op life (150°C, 504 hours)
- ESD Rated: HBM, MM

IPD Products
“ON Semiconductor is offering its HighQ™ manufacturing services to customers with ready-for-production product and customers needing custom product designs,” said Carruth. “Our rapid prototyping enables a customer to move from design to manufactured silicon in as little as six weeks.”

Among the products that can best utilize the HighQ™ process technology are baluns, filters, and filter/couplers for portable and wireless applications.

ON Semiconductor is currently developing a line of HighQ™, high bandwidth filters for electromagnetic interference (EMI) reduction applications on high speed serial interfaces. Samples will be available this summer with production scheduled to ramp in the fourth quarter of 2007.

IPD Design Tools
ON Semiconductor has a full-featured design kit for the IPD technology, available for the company’s manufacturing services customers to use. This design kit enables efficient simulation to actual first silicon results and includes standard Cadence™ design tools:

- PCELL Generators, Views, etc.
- Cadence Assura DRC, LVS
- Cadence RFDE environment with Agilent ADS models
- Fully automated conversion from layout to the HFSS simulation environment.

The design kit is a key enabler to the rapid prototyping capabilities ON Semiconductor is offering to potential customers.

For additional technical information visit www.onsemi.com, or contact Frank Myers at frank.myers@onsemi.com.

ON Semiconductor

With its global logistics network and strong product portfolio, ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is a preferred supplier of efficient power solutions to customers in the power supply, automotive, communication, computer, consumer, medical, industrial, mobile phone, and military/aerospace markets. The company’s broad portfolio includes power, analog, DSP, mixed-signal, advance logic, clock management and standard component devices. Global corporate headquarters are located in Phoenix, Arizona. The company operates a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. In March, 2008, ON Semiconductor acquired AMI Semiconductor and all products formerly owned by AMIS. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.