Chip do Boi RFID device is Brazils’ first home-grown chip to reach mass manufacturing at X-FAB

Chip do Boi RFID device is Brazils’ first home-grown chip to reach mass manufacturing at X-FAB

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Forecasted domestic demand for the chip is as high as 1.5 million units for 2012 with an expected minimum growth rate of 10 percent a year over the next decade. Chip do Boi is the first chip designed in Brazil by Brazilian engineers in a company that was home grown and home funded to reach volume production at a world-class semiconductor manufacturing facility. CEITEC has been guiding the efforts to foster industry advances in electronics since 2008.

“Today’s volume manufacturing milestone means that chips designed in Brazil will soon hit the market, but more importantly, it signifies the country’s ability to produce world-class technology and lays the foundation for a growing, sustainable industry,” said Dr. Cylon Gonçalves da Silva, President of CEITEC. ““This is an extraordinary achievement and we are happy to have X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries as our manufacturing partner.”
X-FAB Silicon Foundries was chosen by CEITEC to produce the Chip do Boi design at its facilities in order to serve the market in Brazil and around the world, because X Fab CMOS 0.6 micron technology is the same that will soon be available in CEITEC’s own foundry.
CEITEC licensed X-FAB’s advanced 0.6 micrometer process technology called XC06, enabling CEITEC to establish the first commercial CMOS semiconductor front-end manufacturing operation in Brazil. On the other hand, X-FAB is able to increase its presence in the emerging and fast-growing Latin American electronics market, with other technology nodes. The company has announced that two more RFID chips are undergoing performance tests and will go into volume production in 2012.

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