X-FAB Silicon Foundries has announced its latest 0.18 um foundry process (XP018) which lowers the mask count (fewer than 30) for the modular combination of digital, analog and high-voltage features with embedded Flash. This is intended for energy-efficient applications and they claim it is the first to allow system-on-chip (SoC) integration requiring up to 60V operating voltage and 5V power supply to be combined with embedded non-volatile memory (NVM). This makes it useful for power management, digital control and other power control SoC applications.
The XP018 technology is available now for tape-ins, including pre-released IP for the memory options. Full qualification will follow in 2012
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