austriamicrosystems successful process design kit lets customers focus on analog performance December 30, 2004
- austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry announced today that it offers digital libraries including standard cells, I/Os and memory compilers free of charge to its customers along with its 0.35µm foundry services. As part of the business unit’s mission of being the leading specialty analog foundry, austriamicrosystems is committed to enabling customers to focus on specialty High Voltage CMOS or SiGe-BiCMOS designs. Consequently, austriamicrosystems’ well-known HIT-Kit analog process design kit is shipped with comprehensive free-of-charge cell libraries for austriamicrosystems’ TSMC-licensed and fully compatible 0.35µm CMOS base process.
austriamicrosystems’ digital standard cell library contains over 250 cells, optimized in area and for maximum routing density as demonstrated by benchmarks showing routing densities of over 17,500 gates per mm2. All cells are also fully supported for the most popular place-and-route EDA tools. Being based on the modular process family concept, the libraries support austriamicrosystems’ 0.35µm CMOS process as well as the logic parts of austriamicrosystems’ SiGe-BiCMOS and High Voltage processes. As an example, all design views, including physical design views, are included in the library.
All I/O structures within the design kit are silicon-validated and meet the military ESD and JEDEC latch-up standards with I/O pads designed to surpass 2kV HBM and 250mA latch-up immunity. The total I/O library consists of more than 750 cells supporting 3.3V and 3.3V/5V designs.
In addition to free digital libraries, the HIT-Kit also includes general-purpose analog cells such as comparators, operational amplifiers, low power A/D and D/A converters as well as the physical verification environment needed to complete a high-performance High Voltage or RF design.
Supporting 3.3V and 5V operation and offering features such as poly-poly capacitors, thick top metal, high resistivity poly or special devices like schottky diodes, austriamicrosystems’ HIT-Kit provides the flexibility needed to implement specialty analog applications.
“Our customers consider the HIT-Kit with its highly accurate simulation models and flexible device generators as the industry benchmark for analog process design kits. Our HIT-Kit provides all data and tools needed to create true first-time-right designs,” said Thomas Moerth, Manager Design Support for austriamicrosystems’ business unit Full Service Foundry. “Our process design kit and the QS9000-qualified design flow implemented in the HIT-Kit provide our customers with a proven, fast and efficient route to High Voltage CMOS or SiGe-BiCMOS silicon.”About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems’ business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the mixed-signal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS processes. With superior support during the design phase, with high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog/mixed-signal foundry partner especially for fabless design houses.
austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 20 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 800 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access through its business units Communications, Industry & Medical, Automotive and Full Service Foundry. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).