Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, Vol. 129, Issue 6, June 2011: Technology News
STMicroelectronics Makes 28 nm CMOS Process Available Through CMP
Geneva, June 15, 2011 -- *STMicroelectronics and CMP (Circuits Multi Projets®) have announced that the CMOS 28 nm process from STMicroelectronics is now available for prototyping to universities, research labs and companies through the silicon brokerage services provided by CMP.
The introduction of the 28 nm CMOS process builds on the successful collaboration that has allowed universities and companies to access previous CMOS generations such as 45 nm (introduced in 2008), 65 nm (introduced in 2006), 90 nm (introduced in 2004), and 130 nm (introduced in 2003). CMP is also offering 65 nm and 130 nm SOI (Silicon-On-Insulator), as well as 130 nm SiGe processes from STMicroelectronics. For example, 170 universities and companies received the design rules and design kits for the 90 nm CMOS process, and more than 200 universities and companies (60 % in Europe, 40 % in Americas and Asia) have now received design rules and design kits for ST's 65 nm bulk and SOI CMOS processes. The 45/40 nm CMOS is still being deployed.
"There has been a great interest in designing ICs in these processes, with about 300 projects having been designed in 90nm (phased out in 2009), and 200 already in 65 nm," said Bernard Courtois, Director of CMP. "In addition, 60 projects have already been designed in 65nm SOI and it is interesting to note that many top universities in Europe, in the USA and in Asia have taken advantage of the CMP / ST offer."
The CMP multi-project wafer service allows organizations to obtain small quantities--typically from a few tens to a few thousand units--of advanced ICs. The cost of the 28 nm CMOS process has been fixed to 15,000 Euros/mm2, with a minimum charge of 1 mm2 (Users can order a die area as small as 1 mm2 ).
"This very exciting program perfectly illustrates our strong involvement with the education and research communities. It is essential that university students and researchers can have access to the most advanced technologies, which we have been providing in cooperation with CMP for two decades," said Patrick Cogez, Director, Universities and External Relations, Front-End Technology and Manufacturing at STMicroelectronics. "Ensuring that universities have access to our leading-edge technologies also helps us to attract the best young engineers as part of our commitment to remain a technology leader on a long-term basis."
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2010, the Company's net revenues were $10.35 billion.
CMP is a broker in ICs and MEMS for prototyping and low volume production. Circuits are fabricated for Universities, Research Laboratories and Industrial Companies. Advanced industrial technologies are available in CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe BiCMOS, High Voltage, FDSOI down to 20 nm, pHEMT GaAs, and MEMS etc. CMP distributes and supports several CAD software tools for both Industrial Companies and Universities. Since 1981, more than 1000 Institutions from 70 countries have been served, more than 6000 projects have been prototyped through 700 runs, and 60 different technologies have been interfaced.
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