LONDON Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) claims to have shipped nearly 600,000 200-mm diameter wafers containing 0.25-micron AEC-Q100 qualified embedded flash ICs.
The wafers account for more than 720 million microcontrollers and some customers have achieved a reliability of less than 0.1 parts per million field failure rate in 2009, the company said.
The AEC-Q100 grade 1 qualification ensures devices manufactured on the process can endure 10,000 write/erase cycles and function over a temperature range of minus 40°C to 125°C.
"Shipping 600,000 automotive qualified 8-inch 0.25-micron embedded flash wafers that set standards for endurance and lifelong quality underscores TSMC's on-going commitment to the automotive electronics industry." Said Cheng-Ming Lin, embedded flash business development director at TSMC, in a statement.
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