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* X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced “major enhancements” to its XH035 0.35 micrometer analog/mixed-signal platform, which the company says offers “full modularity of digital, analog, high-voltage and embedded non-volatile memory (NVM) features, for maximum cost efficiency. This combination addresses the majority of advanced analog/mixed-signal and high-voltage design needs and, at the same time, provides a cost-effective way for companies to choose only those options that match their specific requirements.”


* In related news,
X-FAB also says it has enhanced its existing 0.35 micrometer XH035 high-voltage devices to yield lower on-resistance at lower mask count. The Press Release says: “The new process features include a large variety of active and passive devices to address analog/mixed-signal design needs, [including] low-leakage and low-threshold core module options, additional primitive devices such as double MIM capacitors, 10k poly resistors and Schottky diodes, as well as HV depletion and HV thin gate oxide transistors.”


Jens Kosch, CTO at X-FAB, is quoted: “Our customers working on advanced analog/mixed-signal tell us that smaller, cost-effective chip design is crucial for their success. X-FAB’s technology precisely meets that need – allowing [customers] to select from a wide choice of options and modules, efficiently place more chips on a wafer at no additional cost, and reuse their analog IP.”


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5 – News that’s cool …


Researches at
Johns Hopkins University announced they’ve developed a thumb-size micro-incubator to culture living cells for lab tests. Per the Press Release: “Johns Hopkins researchers … used the micro-incubator to culture baby hamster kidney cells over a three-day period … a significant advance over traditional incubation equipment that has been used in biology labs for the past 100 years. The incubator’s microchannels, fabricated in soft silicone polymer material, allow researchers to easily insert and guide cells and nutrients during experiments, while the computer-controlled electronics keep the cells at the precise temperature that enables them to
multiply and thrive. The tiny incubator’s transparent design makes it easy to view the cells through a microscope or camera equipment without disrupting the conditions that help the cells to flourish.” This work is at the core of the PhD dissertation of the newly minted
Dr. Blain Christen, who studied at John Hopkins with
Dr. Andreas Andreou as advisor.


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