PolarFab Introduces a High-performance Modular 0.35 Micron BiCMOS Process Technology

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 10, 2001--PolarFab, a Minnesota-based, pure-play semiconductor foundry, announced today, at the Fabless Semiconductor Industry Expo in Santa Clara, the availability of Polar35, a 0.35-micron process supporting modular platforms of analog, mixed-signal, CMOS and BiCMOS.

The modular Polar35 platform allows the customer to use only the layers needed for a specific application, minimizing wafer cost. Polar35 incorporates standard 5 V and 3.3 V triple tubbed CMOS with a unique RF bipolar NPN combination of 28 GHz max. fT with a 3.3 V BVceo and 15 GHz max. fT with an 8 V BVceo. The device library also includes varactors, inductors, Schottky diodes, LPNPs, poly-poly capacitors and high-sheet rho poly resistors.

PolarFab customers realize immediate process design start-ups and shorter design cycles through PDKs (process design kits) with the Polar35 process. The PDKs are available now in a Cadence Design Systems environment, with PolarFab's downloadable digital cell libraries, giving complete front-to-back support of advanced analog, RF and mixed-signal integrated circuit designs.

Polar35 will be available in the fourth quarter for customers using PolarShuttle(TM), a multi-project wafer program offered by PolarFab. This program allows multiple designs on one wafer that is fast-tracked through fabrication. It is an ideal method for designers to test prototype designs and expedite release to market.

The Polar35 process is an ideal technology for a wide range of analog and mixed-signal applications, including power management, RF, and high-voltage, high-current amplifiers and line drivers.

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PolarFab, based in Minnesota, is the only U.S.-owned, pure-play foundry in the country. The company offers a breadth of bipolar and BiCMOS wafer manufacturing processes, along with testing and failure analysis services for the analog, mixed signal and smart power ICs used in power and communication applications. Its foundry has been in operation for more than 30 years--initially as Control Data's Microcircuits Division, then as VTC Inc., a leading manufacturer of disk drive circuitry. For more information call 1-800-882-3472 or visit the company online at www.polarfab.com.

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