SINGAPORE Malaysian foundry 1st Silicon and Germany's ZFoundry announced this week (Oct. 24) progress in their joint effort to deliver advanced process technology for the automotive sector.
The firms said in a statement released at Euro DesignCon in Munich, Germany, that they have completed simulation modules and are running test silicon for their A18 SoC foundry technology, based on 1st Silicon's 0.18-micron process.
The technology "will make it possible to design high-density SoCs with a long product life" that will auto industry needs, they said.
Major components of the A18 mixed-signal design flow, including synthesis, floor planning and verification, will be completed by the end of the year, the companies said, with R&D multiproject wafers expected to run in January. Both companies said Thursday (Oct. 27) that qualified production of the technology will begin in 2007, with wafers processed at 1st Silicon's facilities in Sarawak, Malaysia.
While the companies declined to say whether they had confirmed customers for A18, they said 1st Silicon and ZFoundry saw "significant interest in the market for deep submicron analog capability."
"We expect this interest to continue to grow as the automotive market increasingly adopts new technologies that address safety, security and comfort of drivers and passengers," they added.
The 1st Silicon-ZFOUNDRY alliance will not end with the A18 development. The companies are currently collaborating on nonvolatile SRAM technology that they said "will open new opportunities to other technologies, as well as opening up other potential markets for us."