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AMI, MagnaChip team on 0.18-micron process

Posted: 08 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mixed-signal semiconductor? ami semiconductor? magnachip? medical devices? non-volatile memory?

Mixed-signal semiconductor companies AMI Semiconductor and MagnaChip Semiconductor have announced they would develop a specialized 0.18-micron process to enable next generation medical devices requiring very low power and robust non-volatile memory solutions.

MagnaChip (Seoul, South Korea) will utilize its fab in Cheongju, Korea to initially develop the process in conjunction with AMI Semiconductor (Pocatello, Id.).

Next generation medical devices, such as those used for neurostimulation in pain management, spinal cord injuries and epileptic seizures often require highly technical designs that result in the need for a specialized manufacturing approach. Both companies will combine their expertise in high gate count, mixed-signal technologies to develop advanced platforms for these and other medical devices.

The companies also expect to leverage the platforms developed under the agreement for other markets, including automotive and industrial. The new process will support low power usage and high reliability in harsh conditions making it an optimal fit for these markets.

"We are excited to begin this development project with MagnaChip, combining their expertise in deep submicron process technology with our proven, high reliability CMOS technology," said Christine King, president and CEO for AMI Semiconductor, in a statement. "We believe that this relationship will benefit the entire AMIS business, providing our business units the ability to design ICs with high gate counts, as well as offering turn-key customers the next-generation, specialized process technology required to produce robust solutions for demanding automotive, medical and industrial applications."

AMIS and MagnaChip expect to provide supporting design libraries and IP in late 2005, with pilot production at MagnaChip's Cheongju facility starting the second quarter of 2006.

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