austriamicrosystems Extends Its 0.35um CMOS Process Family with Advanced Low Threshold Devices; New Process Module Offers Enhanced Supply Voltage Range and Devices Optimized for Implementation in Battery Powered Applications

UNTERPREMSTAETTEN, Austria—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 28, 2006— austriamicrosystems' (SWX: AMS) business unit Full Service Foundry announced today at the 43rd Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco a further extension of its foundry technology portfolio with an advanced low threshold (LVT) CMOS process option based on its proven 0.35um analog CMOS (C35) technology.

The new LVT process option offers a set of 3.3V and 5.0V NMOS and PMOS devices with threshold voltages as low as 0.4V, while keeping all other MOS and bipolar devices unchanged. Process modularity enables CMOS IP reuse as well as using this new LVT module in combination with other austriamicrosystems proprietary specialty technologies based on the 0.35um platform.

Wide supply voltage range (1.2V to 5.5V), high integration density and optimization for high-speed makes the 0.35um LVT CMOS process an ideal technology for high performance analog standard products such as supervisory circuits for microprocessors implemented in portable applications. The strong market growth in handheld applications is therefore driving an increasing demand for products utilizing the LVT process option.

"Device performance and rigorous modularity were our key objectives in developing this set of advanced LVT devices. Any combinations with existing CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, embedded EEPROM or Flash processes are possible," explains Martin Schrems, Director Process Development & Implementation at austriamicrosystems.

"The extension of our 0.35um analog CMOS technology portfolio with this new LVT module reinforces austriamicrosystems' commitment to provide our customers with best-in-class analog semiconductor process technology, manufacturing and services. Our 0.35um technology platform can now support even the most demanding analog low power product requirements," adds Peter Gasteiner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry.

The LVT process option is complemented by industry-leading analog characterization and circuit simulation models implemented in the easy to use austriamicrosystems' design environment, known as HIT-Kit. In addition to highly accurate silicon proven models the HIT-Kit includes rigorous design rule and layout verification run sets, digital and analog libraries as well as a full set of memory blocks.

About austriamicrosystems

austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining almost 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 900 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Ramesh Nadamuni'
    The article is good to give the basic information about the low threshhold devices offer
    in the current 0.35 CMOS process. Do these devices give low "Rds on". What will be the
    typical values of "Rds on" for these low Vt devices ?
    Can it be simulated / modeled so that it can address more of portable Power management applications .
    Ramesh Nadamuni

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