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Foundry vendors announce partnerships

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:foundry? CMOS? imager? sensor? PDK?

Several deals involving foundry vendors Dongbu HiTek Co. Ltd., TowerJazz Inc., and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have been announced.

Dongbu said in a statement that it has signed with EDA house SpringSoft Inc. a multiyear partner program to develop process design kits (PDKs) "that streamline (the) implementation of custom chips with Dongbu's manufacturing technologies at mature process nodes."

Another announcement involved the release of the SpringSoft Laker PDK for the Dongbu HiTek 0.18?m BCDMOS foundry process. According to the companies, additional PDKs will be released this year.

The PDK includes foundry-specific device symbols, parameterized cells (PCells), pre-validated design rules and the latest technology files. Used in conjunction with SpringSoft's Laker Custom Layout Automation System, the PDK automates the physical layout of analog designs, thereby optimizing designer productivity and reducing development cycles. Dongbu HiTek customers can download the Laker 0.18?m BCDMOS PDK online.

Meanwhile, TowerJazz Inc. and the U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision Electronics and Sensors Directorate (NVESD) have signed contracts for two phases of development of CMOS low-light image sensors for portable systems designed for a broad spectral range. TowerJazz is introducing CMOS image sensor foundry processes and solutions at its Newport Beach, California facility to expand its aerospace and defense on-shore capability.

TowerJazz has just released its 0.18?m power management EPI Platform Design Kit, an extension of its TS18PM platform designed for leading-edge buck and boost/buck converters, motor controllers, class-D amplifiers and power management ICs.

Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), on the other hand, has signed a manufacturing service agreement with Japan-based power semiconductor provider Sanken Electric Co. Ltd. Under the deal, UMC will provide foundry manufacturing facilities for Sanken's power semiconductor products.

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