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ST licenses smart power process tech to Bosch

Posted: 13 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ST BCD8 tech? license agreement? smart power process?

STMicroelectronics (ST) and Bosch have signed an agreement in which the automotive electronic systems company will license ST's Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD8) process technology. The technology will to enable Bosch to design and manufacture highly integrated automotive products using this technology in its own wafer fabrication plant.

The move continues a close strategic partnership between the two companies extending over the last 20 years. For the first time, ST will also share with Bosch its HVCMOS8 high-voltage CMOS process.

BCD8 is the most recent implementation of ST's proprietary smart-power technology, which allows analog, digital and power circuits to be integrated on a single chip. This latest version of the process, introduced in 2006, brings a dramatic improvement in the semiconductor manufacturing process. The BCD8 process uses 0.18? technology, from the 0.35? process of BCD6, and provides the possibility of producing a complete systemincluding the MCUon a single piece of silicon for the first time. This level of integration will deliver important benefits to Bosch's automotive systems in lower costs, increased reliability and more compact packaging.

In addition to using the process technology, Bosch will also license ST's BCD8 design rules, to enable Bosch's in-house design teams to create products autonomously, for production in their wafer fab.

Bosch is expected to make use of the technology across the whole range of engine management, transmission control, occupant protection, chassis system and other applications. The HVCMOS8 high-voltage CMOS technology that ST is also licensing to Bosch, is typically used in applications such as sensor interfaces and analog processing.

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