LONDON – Chinese foundry Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. has rolled out an automotive-grade process control program and achieved ISO/TS16949 certification.
The company was led until recently by former Infineon president and CEO Ulrich Schumacher. Schumacher tended resigned recently and last month (September) was replaced by William Yu Wang, a fourteen-year veteran at Grace (Shanghai, China). Schumacher had led the company for three years.
Grace has also implemented its own automotive process qualification specification, which is based on the AEC-Q100 requirements and takes into account the temperature mission profiles required by automotive ICs. Grace's portfolio of 180-nm embedded flash memory processes has been qualified to the internal qualification.
Since June 2010, Grace has been qualified to fabricate automotive-grade CapSense controllers for Cypress Semiconductor which adhere to the AEC-Q100 standard, ISO/TS 16949 quality management standards. "Grace has been an excellent partner for our Flex Fab strategy and has a proven track record in supplying automotive grade wafers to the industry at large," said Sabbas Daniel, executive vice president of quality at Cypress, in a statement issued by Grace.
"Starting from 2004, a substantial number of wafers for airbag and engine controller based on 0.25-micron embedded flash have been shipped with zero field return," said Peter Weigand, senior vice president of sales, marketing and services at Grace, in the same statement.
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