Micronas announces the use of the XH018 0.18 μm modular mixed signal high-voltage (HV) CMOS technology from X-FAB for its next generation of brushless DC motor control ICs. X-FAB is a semiconductor foundry for specialized analog/mixed signal chip and MEMS fabrication. XH018 is the industry's first and only 0.18 micrometer technology to integrate high temperature (HT), high voltage (HV) and non-volatile memory (NVM) all in a single platform, as claimed by X-FAB. XH018 0.18 μm semiconductor chip fabrication process is suggested as ideal for automotive SoC chips which stay extremely closely to the combustion engine compartments or electric engine housings with temperature range up to 175ºC and also in emdedded high-voltage applications in the communications, consumer and industrial market, where high voltage operation is necessary.
"The possible integration of digital logic as well as analog, HV and NVM capabilities in a single technology process node will help us to meet the technical and commercial demands of our targeted applications in which space requirements and system complexity need to be matched," says Dirk Behrens, Vice President Automotive at Micronas. "This paves the way to providing a new class of highly versatile, single-chip smart actuator solutions with direct connection to the power supply, the actuator and as well to the communication network ".