Jazz Semiconductor Announces 0.18-µ Bipolar CMOS DMOS (BCD) High Voltage Process

March 20, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Jazz Semiconductor®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jazz TechnologiesInc. and an independent wafer foundry focused primarily on specialty CMOS process technologies, announced the availability of its 0.18µ Bipolar CMOS DMOS (BCD18) high voltage process targeted at complex power management and smart power applications up to 40V.

The Jazz 0.18µ process offers advanced CMOS, a combination of bipolar devices, as well as high voltage CMOS and DMOS transistors for use in complex power management chips including driver ICs, battery and portable power management, power control for PC products, Class-D audio amplifiers, and many other consumer, communications and computing applications.

The Jazz BCD18 process offering is well-suited for highly integrated products that require the combination of high density 1.8V digital CMOS with higher voltage drivers. The modular process offering includes resistors, stacked MIM capacitors at a density of 4 fF/um2, dual gate oxides (5/1.8V and 3.3/1.8V), transistors supporting 8, 12 and 40V with low Rdson (specific-on-resistance) of, for example, only 50mΩ-mm(2) for a 40V NFET, thick top power metal (3um) for improved current-carrying capacity, and ESD protection circuits. The modular BCD18 process can be customized to use a smaller set of features in products with moderate levels of integration and still offer die size advantage vs. the use of older BCD technology because of its inherently low Rdson. In the same BCD18 process, larger SOCs can be realized by making use of a richer set of these features.

"As a leading foundry, Jazz Semiconductor has extended its BCD offerings to 0.18-µ up to 40V capability for complex power management and smart power applications, offering one of the most advanced BCD processes on the market," said Joanne Itow, Managing Director, Semico Research. "Jazz specialty process technologies, such as its BCD offerings, enable their customers to produce devices that are more power-efficient, highly integrated and smaller than those produced using standard foundry offerings."

"Our 0.18µ BCD process adds to our portfolio of power technology that includes 0.5µ (BCD05) and 0.25µ (BCD25) processes. This wide range of technology choices allows our customers to create cost effective products at any desired level of integration while taking advantage of a consistent design environment for fast time to market," said Marco Racanelli, Vice President of Technology and Engineering, Jazz Semiconductor. "As we add features to our BCD18 and BCD25 technology, we provide our customers with a strong advantage in this competitive market."