X-FAB Silicon Foundries has announced XH018 HT – a new module that adds high-temperature capability to its XH018 technology family. It offers the industry’s first and only 0.18 micrometer platform with high temperature (HT), high voltage (HV) and non-volatile memory (NVM) capability. X-FAB also added 13 new primitive devices with this extension, including multiple HV transistors with enhanced Ron performance, symmetrical HV transistors and new electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection structures.
The XH018 high-temperature process module extends the operation temperature range of the integrated circuits (ICs) to +175°C and requires no additional mask layers. The added primitive devices include 10V and 20V transistors and symmetrical high-voltage transistors. An 18V Schottky diode that can be used for charge pumps and as an ESD protection device to prevent electrostatic discharge complements the new HV transistors.
Synopsys and Applied Materials have announced a collaboration to develop technology computer-aided design (TCAD) models for next-generation semiconductor devices. The models derived from this TCAD collaboration will enable customers to speed up process development for 14-nanometer (nm) and 11-nm logic and new memory chip technologies, allowing them to lower cost and reduce time-to-market. The continued scaling of logic transistors and memory cells to smaller and smaller dimensions requires new materials and architectures, which increase chip complexity and extend process development time for semiconductor manufacturers. The Synopsys TCAD tools have proven very effective in helping to reduce the number of engineering wafers needed to develop new technologies, acting both as a prototyping tool to explore new device architectures before a process is defined and as an engineering tool for process integration and optimization. In this collaboration, Applied Materials will supply critical film properties and device characterization data from its advanced process systems to Synopsys, thereby enabling the development of models using Synopsys' Sentaurus TCAD tool suite.
Kilopass Technology has announced it has licensed its 1T patent coverage license (PCL) to a Sidense customer. This is the first in an expected series of customers to license the 1T PCL. Kilopass continues to be selected by customers due to its broad embedded NVM product portfolio from 180nm to 28nm to enable next generation development of analog mixed signal chip sets to complex SOCs. With the 1T PCL, Kilopass is enabling direct resolution with Sidense customers on their existing products using 1T technology before the U.S. District Court trial begins on September 30, 2012.
A novel and low cost antenna design offering efficient performance across multiple frequency bands is available from Ploughshare Innovations - the company that licenses intellectual property developed by the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. With a bill of materials (BOM) cost that is expected to be under 10 cents in volume, the new component can replace several antennas, to save on both the BOM and manufacturing costs of new generations of radio-equipped products. The patented new design concept was created to eliminate the proliferation of antennas on military equipment, and is now being offered for licensing and further development to suit commercial applications. Ploughshare expects the new intellectual property to be of interest to antenna manufacturers, radio equipment OEMs, designers supporting wireless chipsets with reference designs, and design consultants in the RF marketplace.
Cadence has announced the addition of design intellectual property (IP) for the LPDDR3 mobile memory standard to the company’s design IP portfolio. Designed to provide the high bandwidth and low power consumption required by smartphones and tablets, the Cadence LPDDR3 memory IP solution includes integrated controller and PHY support, virtual prototyping, verification IP and Allegro® design-in kits. Cadence's design IP allows the LPDDR3 standard to be combined with others in a single controller and PHY to enable SoCs that support multiple memory standards, making one design usable by multiple markets.
Synopsys has announced the first release of the Virtualizer™ Development Kit (VDK) Family for accelerating software development. The VDK Family for ARM Cortex Processors contains multiple reference designs, analysis and debug software tools for the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor and ARM big.LITTLE processing. By using the VDKs developers can now optimize for performance and energy efficiency prior to board availability. The reference designs can easily be customized for device specific requirements using Synopsys' Virtualizer solution. The VDK offers developers the ability to optimize Linux, Android and big.LITTLE power management using record and replay of real world scenarios.
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