MANHASSET, NY -- In a major milestone for Brazil to develop a domestic microelectronics industry its main semiconductor entity Ceitec S.A. has reached volume production for its first semiconductor device designed in-house.
Ceitec’s Chip do Boi is an advanced LF-RFID device designed for use in Brazil’s cattle industry as part of a leading-edge system to track livestock.
The device is being manufactured at X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries in Germany. X-FAB Silicon Foundries 0.6 micrometer CMOS technology is the same that will soon be available in Ceitec’s own foundry.
Forecasted domestic demand for the chip is as high as 1.5 million units for 2012 with an expected minimum growth rate of 10 percent a year over the next decade.
Chip do Boi is the first chip designed in Brazil by Brazilian engineers in a company that was home grown and home funded to reach volume production at a world-class semiconductor manufacturing facility, according to the company.
Ceitec has been trying to foster a domestic electronics industry since 2008.
“Today’s volume manufacturing milestone means that chips designed in Brazil will soon hit the market, but more importantly, it signifies the country’s ability to produce world-class technology and lays the foundation for a growing, sustainable industry,” said Cylon Gonçalves da Silva, President of Ceitec, in a statement.
Ceitec licensed X-FAB’s advanced 0.6 micron XC06 process technology to establish the first commercial CMOS semiconductor front-end manufacturing operation in Brazil.
Besides the current chip, Ceitec has announced that two more RFID chips are undergoing performance tests and will go into volume production in 2012.