The 130nm H9A CMOS process from semiconductors manufacturer ST Microelectronics , which offers a large panel of analogue and digital devices, 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 analogue platform and for new developments in the More than Moore applications such as energy harvesting, autonomous intelligence, and home automation integrated systems.
The introduction of ST’s H9A (and its derivative H9A_EH) process in CMP’s catalogue 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 ST Microelectronics. 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.
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 centre 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.