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Tower licenses Motorola CMOS technology

Posted: 30 Sep 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS process technology? HiPerMOS7 technology? mixed-signal processes? CMOS Image Sensor? microFLASH technologies?

Tower Semiconductor Ltd and Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) have entered into an agreement for the technology transfer and licensing of 0.135m CMOS process technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola will transfer its all-copper, 0.135m HiPerMOS7 (HiP7) technology to Tower's Fab 2 facility. Product prototyping by Tower customers is planned to begin on HiP7-based technology as early as Q1 of 2003.

Tower intends to use HiP7 as the 0.135m technology platform for its analog, digital and mixed-signal processes, as well as for its proprietary CMOS Image Sensor and microFLASH technologies. The transfer of HiP7-based technology to Fab 2 is slated for completion in Q4 of 2003.

The agreement further calls for the two companies to further enhance the technology to provide compatibility with a wide range of industry-standard design tools and services. The technology is expected to be developed at a Motorola facility concurrent with the HiP7 transfer. By using Motorola's existing base line technology process, Tower expects to expedite the development of this critical technology.

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