ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont & UNTERPREMSTAETTEN, Austria—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 19, 2007— IBM and austriamicrosystems (SWX: AMS) announced today the signing of a development agreement for an advanced high-voltage (HV) complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology to be used in a range of consumer, automotive, industrial and medical applications.
IBM and austriamicrosystems will enhance IBM's industry-leading
180 nanometer (nm) radio frequency (RF) CMOS process technology with
austriamicrosystems' proprietary high-voltage module. This HV module
is currently in volume production as part of austriamicrosystems'
350nm high voltage CMOS process technology. Due to the strict
modularity with the base process, customers designing on the 180nm
CMOS process may use their existing design IP to allow a very fast
time to market. Foundry customers for this process will have access to
process design kits from IBM as well as austriamicrosystems
("HIT-Kit") which are targeted for limited availability at the
beginning of next year. Production is scheduled to begin in 2009 at
IBM's 200mm facility in Essex Junction, Vermont, and the technology
will be transferred to austriamicrosystems' facility at a later point
"This is a landmark agreement for both IBM and
austriamicrosystems," said Tom Reeves, vice president, semiconductor
and technology services, IBM Global Engineering Solutions. "We
recognize austriamicrosystems' experience in high-voltage technology,
and our combined efforts will provide IBM and austriamicrosystems with
an advanced process offering to benefit our customers. And the timing
is right - we are seeing an increasing demand in specialty processes
for applications like power management."
John Heugle, CEO of austriamicrosystems, said, "We are very
pleased to team up with IBM, the world leader in semiconductor
development, for the next analog technology node. Leveraging our
long-term process development know-how in high-voltage CMOS, we
complement IBM's expertise in advanced CMOS process technology in
order to enable a very fast development cycle and a top performing
process technology. As a key element of austriamicrosystems' strategic
roadmap, the 180nm high-voltage CMOS process demonstrates our clear
focus on leading-edge analog integrated circuit (IC) solutions. Based
on this advanced technology, we will bring a wide range of exciting
high performance analog products to the market. In addition, this
process will be available to our foundry customers for their future
The newly developed, high-performance process can enable
cost-effective designs for a wide range of applications including
intelligent power management ICs for mobile devices, like cell phones,
PDAs and notebooks, and low-cost integrated controllers for
automotive, industrial and medical applications. In mobile devices,
these power management chips are designed specifically to manage and
regulate a range of power requirements, resulting in more efficient
battery consumption -- in order for these products to run longer, with
better performance and at lower cost. Industry experts forecast the
market for customized power management ICs in mobile devices to almost
triple in size to $3.4B by 2010*.
* From Gartner Dataquest, "Forecast: Customized Power Management
ICs for Mobile Handsets, Worldwide, 2005-2010," Steve Ohr and
Masatsune Yamaji, Table 2.
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austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high
performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 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 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of
power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car
access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and
Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities.
austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich
(ticker symbol: AMS).
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