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Tower, Triune to collaborate on power management platform

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power management? platform power? process voltage?

Tower Semiconductor Ltd and Triune Systems LLC have announced an agreement to collaborate on developing what they claim as the "most complete" power management platform in the industry. Through this collaboration, the companies will jointly design and develop IP for Tower's 0.18?m Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) process to deliver a family of low- and high-voltage power management products and IP for a variety of applications to enable faster design cycles, and lower cost designs. In particular, the companies will design and develop zero mask adder non-volatile memory (NVM) blocks, based on Tower's patented Y-Flash technology, suitable specifically for 5V operation on high-voltage platforms. High volume production for the co-developed high voltage power management products is expected to commence in 2H 09.

VDC Research forecasts worldwide shipment of power management ICs to grow more than 10 percent annually through 2012. To meet customer demand for power supplies in consumer, medical, industrial and automotive applications, Tower's process technology combined with Triune Systems' IP will provide a complete power management platform. Through this alliance, Triune Systems has become a Tower-Authorized Design Center.

"As a Tower-Authorized Design Center, Triune Systems' expertise in design and IP development will further enhance our power management platform to allow for faster design cycles and lower cost designs," said Avi Strum, specialty business unit VP at Tower Semiconductor. "The collaboration with Triune Systems and its contribution to the design of the scalable Y-Flash based NVM blocks will complement our business strategy and core competencies in the consumer, medical, industrial and automotive markets."

"Based on Triune Systems' experience in power management IP development, we believe the Tower BCD process offers great flexibility along with cost effectiveness. Specifically, the integration of cost-effective NVM into the Tower BCD process provides significant differentiation which will enable the enhancement of power management solutions. We are looking forward to leveraging the strengths of both companies," said Ross Teggatz, president of Triune Systems.

Tower's 0.18?m/0.5?m BCD process platform is highly modular, offering a very dense 5V-only option on 0.18?m design rules, a Low Rds(on) LDMOS portfolio with 5V gate drive capability and up to 60V operating with an 80V breakdown voltage. In addition, there is an option to add dense 0.18?m CMOS fully compatible with Tower's 0.18?m CMOS platform, including a cell library, I/Os and complex IP blocks. The process comes with a full suite of analog components including complementary bipolar, MIM caps, high sheet resistors, Zeners and Schottky diodes. Tower provides embedded NVM on its power management BCD advanced logic process with full flash capability from 32bit to 1Mbit at no additional cost in process complexity (mask count). Triune Systems is also collaborating with Tower on the design and qualification of NVM blocks that use this proprietary technology. Array sizes are up to five times smaller than other competitive solutions and can be built using only one gate oxide allowing for ultralow-cost designs.

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