Foundry ecosystem extends from ASIC design to testing and fabrication

May 16, 2017 // By Julien Happich
OEMs, system integrators and innovative start-ups can now get their ASIC solutions to market more quickly and more easily thanks to cooperation between ams, Fraunhofer IIS and RoodMicrotec

Announcing the expansion of their Foundry Ecosystem at the CDNLive EMEA, ams and its partners lower the entry barrier to ASIC solutions by offering IC development, assembly, test and qualification services, allowing OEMs, system integrators and start-ups to secure their key IP into cost- and performance-optimized ICs.

The ASIC design will be realized by ams’ long-term partner Fraunhofer IIS, based on their proven design experience, technology and application specific know-how. Specialty analog and sensor
wafer manufacturing technologies supporting Industrial, Automotive and Medical applications will be provided by ams. Assembly and test services including test software and hardware development can be provided by ams as well as RoodMicrotec, who offers in addition comprehensive product qualification and failure analysis services.

As a consequence, customers can delegate the management of the entire supply chain of their proprietary ASIC to ams and its Foundry Ecosystem partners by ordering known good dies with minimized production lead times and optimized cash flow.

“We will bring our long-term design experience into this new partnership, and customers will benefit also from a large number of IP blocks developed in ams´ technologies such as A/D-converters, 3D-Hall sensors and ISM-band wake-up receivers, just to name a few”, said Dr. Norbert Weber, Head of Integrated Circuits and Systems at Fraunhofer IIS.

With its core competency in the area of semiconductor backend services for more than 45 years, RoodMicrotec owns the expertise and equipment to industrialize and produce ASICs including test development as well as qualification according to all international standards like e.g. AEC-Q100 for devices to be used for automotive.

For handling of field failures, RoodMicrotec offers a comprehensive RMA process, entirely transparent for the customer. A full blown failure- and technology analysis lab provides all state-of-the-art non-destructive and destructive physical analysis methods to rapidly detect the root cause of the defect and to suggest countermeasures in an 8D report.
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