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Date: 08-03-13

EE Students: Get you chip prototype done at ST fab through CMP

STMicroelectronics and CMP have announced that ST’s H9A CMOS process (at 130nm lithography node), is now available for prototyping to universities, research labs and design companies through the silicon brokerage services provided by CMP. The diffusion of the silicon wafers will take place at the ST plant in Rousset, near Aix-en-Provence (France). ST is releasing this process technology to third parties as a foundry service for a well-established analog platform and for new developments in the More than Moore applications such as energy harvesting, autonomous intelligence, and home-automation integrated systems.

The introduction in CMP’s catalogue of ST’s H9A (and its derivative H9A_EH) process builds on the successful collaboration that has allowed universities and design firms to access leading-edge and previous CMOS generations including 28nm CMOS, 45nm (introduced in 2008), 65nm (introduced in 2006), 90nm (introduced in 2004), and 130nm (introduced in 2003) through the ST Site of Crolles. CMP’s clients also have access to 28nm FD-SOI, 65nm SOI and 130nm SOI (Silicon-On-Insulator), as well as 130nm SiGe processes from STMicroelectronics. More than 200 universities and companies have received the design rules and design kits for the ST 65nm bulk and SOI CMOS processes. Since CMP started offering the ST 28nm CMOS bulk technology in 2011, some 100+ universities and microelectronics companies have received the design rules and design kits, and 30+ integrated circuits (ICs) have already been manufactured. Since CMP introduced the 28nm FD-SOI, 30+ universities and microelectronics companies have received the design rules and design kits.

“There has been a great interest in designing ICs using these processes, with about 300 projects having been designed in 90nm (phased out in 2009), and more than 350 already in bulk 65nm,” said Bernard Courtois, Director of CMP. “In addition, more than 60 projects have already been designed in 65nm SOI and many top universities in Europe, USA/Canada and Asia have already taken advantage of the collaboration between CMP and ST.”

The CMP multi-project wafer service allows organizations to obtain small quantities--typically from a few dozens to a few thousand units--of advanced ICs. H9A design rules and design kits are now available for universities and microelectronics companies and the first requests are already being answered. A run is forecast for September 2013 to carry the first contributions.

ST will propose ULP/ULQC devices (Ultra Low Power, Ultra Low Quiescent Current) in the next Design Kit (DK) generations as this is a requirement for harvesting low-energy sources and for long-life autonomous intelligent systems. One of the world’s most advanced 200mm wafer plants, ST’s Rousset site has become a center of excellence that provides a technology designed for low consumption and slow duty cycles and attracts innovating contributions and collaborations from the academic research environment While providing additional features in the near future, compatibility with current DK and process will be granted regardless of the technology evolutions in order to keep a stable offer and allow medium- and long-term planning to interested universities and design firms.
The cost of the H9A CMOS process has been fixed to 2200 Euro/mm².

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