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X-FAB Award calls for new design concepts in semiconductors

Posted: 11 Feb 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor? fabless semiconductor? MEMS?

In an effort to advance semiconductor technology, X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced its X-Cite Award programme, which encourages engineering teams to experiment with new design concepts using the semiconductor processes provided by X-FAB as a foundation.

Fabless semiconductor companies as well as research establishments experienced in IC development will all be eligible to enter the award programme. The winner will then be given a free prototyping run to validate their ideas in the best-suited technology.

With analogue, high-voltage, optical, RF and MEMS devices being covered, award judges will look for new methods for integrating sophisticated functionality into X-FAB's CMOS and SOI-based technologies, including its open-platform MEMS process offering. Awards will then be bestowed on those able to show they have really stretched the performance envelope in order to overcome the challenges posed by modern application scenarios, in automotive, industrial control, medical diagnostics or medical implants, Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes, mobile communications, energy harvesting, etc.

The company has been reaping rewards for its efforts. Late 2015, they announced the expansion of their Kuching-based foundry operation, X-FAB Sarawak Sdn. Bhd., in Malaysia.

Rudi De Winter, CEO of X-FAB Group said, "We are looking back at nine years of conversion and expansion of our Sarawak foundry operation. During this period, we changed the digital business into a more future-oriented business with our complex analogue/mixed-signal technologies. These technologies primarily used for automotive, industrial and medical applications enabled us to build a stable and sustainable customer base. In 2016, we expect X-FAB Sarawak for the first time to represent more than 50 per cent of X-FAB Group's total revenue."

X-Cite will be complemented by X-FAB's First-Time-Right Award. This will be presented annually for projects where significant implementation issues have been overcome in the development of analogue and mixed-signal ICs, so that the product hits all its initial operational goals on its first design iteration. Entries for this will be assessed on the complexity of the design and the obstacles that were overcome.

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