SAN FRANCISCO—Foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) Thursday (Dec. 29) claimed to be the first foundry to provide a specialized 0.11-micron aluminum process in the company's 200-mm fabs.
UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) said it is only foundry to offer a complete 0.11-micron full aluminum back end of line (BEOL) process, providing customers with a cost effective alternative to mainstream 0.13-micron and 0.11-micron copper technologies. UMC's A+ platform consists of a blend of technology offerings including logic/MM, RFCMOS, eFlash, eE2PROM, eHV and CIS to address customers' integration, performance and cost requirements.
"There are many applications still enjoying a comfort zone within 8-inch manufacturing facilities due to the attractive cost vs. performance benefits," Steve Wang , vice president of Asian sales and corporate marketing at UMC, in a statement. "For applications such as timing controllers, LCD controllers, remote controller, small panel display drivers, surveillance and medical CMOS Image sensors, etc., A+ is the perfect technology sweet spot."
The A+ 0.11-micron specialty platform incorporates state-of-the-art solutions to help designers find an optimal balance between cost, performance and functionality, according to UMC. A+ combines the most leading-edge 8" production technology with aggressive Al-BEOL design rules, the company said. A full suite of IP, HV-LDMOS, I/O devices, RF models and passive components complete the A+ offering, with flexible 8-inch manufacturing capacity to support customer production requirements, according to UMC.