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ZMD, 1st Silicon team up for automotive chips, foundry

Posted: 20 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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ZMD AG and 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd have formed a partnership for the development and supply of automotive extensions to manufacturing processes, the two companies announced Tuesday (Jan. 18). In addition ZMD has outsourced the manufacture of some non-volatile memory products to 1st Silicon, the companies said.

The collaboration program combines the expertise of Dresden-based ZMD in automotive design, high-voltage processes and production capabilities of 1st Silicon and is aiming to produce a 0.18-micron manufacturing process for automotive applications.

Initial development and production is set to be conducted at 1st Silicon's advanced process facilities in Kuching, Malaysia with volume production becoming available at Kuching, Malaysia and Dresden, Germany. This mutual second-sourcing plan offers secure supply to automotive customers for complex high-voltage and mixed-signal technologies, the companies said.

1st Silicon has started to implement a non-volatile memory module in production of 0.18?m based non-volatile products (NVSRAM) for ZMD.

"This partnership will guide us into a niche market segment, that until recently has been covered by integrated device manufacturers. We wish to become the primary source of silicon for high-voltage and mixed-signal automotive applications in the foundry market. We will sustain our relationship with ZMD, which is an established European automotive supplier," said John Nelson, chief executive officer of 1st Silicon, in a statement.

"The first NVSRAM products are ready to enter the market in the third quarter this year. It is a unique leverage of capabilities that each party would not be able to perform alone," said Thilo von Selchow, chief executive officer of ZMD, in the same statement.

"We will extend our current portfolio in mixed-signal and power technologies to a technology leadership position in high-performance mixed-signal and automotive processes ensuring long-term prosperity and growth for the Zfoundry operation in Dresden. The strong relationship developed with 1st Silicon as our second source is an extra advantage for the target markets," added Konrad Herre, chief operating officer of ZMD and president of the production subsidiary Zfoundry.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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