ERFURT, GERMANY & ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: X-FAB Silicon Foundries Group and Micronas are joining in a co-operative and strategic partnership. As foundry partner, X-FAB will provide the next technology generation, the 0.18 micrometer high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash, and will also manufacture the related products. Micronas will support X-FAB as technology partner and has the option to manufacture the products in its own wafer fab in the future. Micronas also is acquiring a EUR 10 million stake in the X-FAB Group.
Through their collaboration, Micronas as a leading supplier of cutting-edge and application-focused sensor and IC system solutions for automotive electronics, and the X-FAB Group as the world's leading foundry group for analog/mixed-signal semiconductor applications, can mutually exploit their many years of experience in the automotive sector, thereby enhancing their existing technological opportunities and production capacities.
"X-FAB combines high-voltage and embedded flash in one process – which is unique for 0.18 micrometers in the foundry sector," says Hans-Jürgen Straub, CEO of X-FAB. "Our technological expertise, the product experience of Micronas and X-FAB's manufacturing experience garnered over many years in the automobile industry provide the ideal foundation for the long-term expansion of both our market positions in this segment."
"With this cooperation, Micronas is securing early access to future manufacturing technologies," says Matthias Bopp, CEO of Micronas. "In X-FAB, we have found the perfect partner to provide Micronas with the best possible support for the 0.18 micrometer high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash."