TowerJazz Developed FleX Silicon-on-Polymer Process for CMOS
3 February, 2013
American Semiconductor announced that TowerJazz from Migdal-Haemeq, Israel, is the first foundry with a CMOS process available for physically flexible wafers and ICs utilizing FleX Silicon-on-Polymer
American Semiconductor announced that TowerJazz from Migdal-Haemeq, Israel, is the first foundry with a CMOS process available for physically flexible wafers and ICs utilizing FleX™ Silicon-on-Polymer™.
FleX Silicon-on-Polymer is American Semiconductor’s process for transforming standard silicon wafers into flexible wafers that can be bent, conformally mounted to non-flat surfaces, and integrated with printed electronics to create flexible hybrid systems. “FleX has been successfully demonstrated in various prototype processes,” said Rich Chaney, General Manager of American Semiconductor. “Partnering with TowerJazz to release FleX with their foundry CS18 process will greatly expand the availability of flexible ICs and is a benefit to the flexible electronics community.”
“FleX is a post-fabrication process that can be applied to our production SOI technology making it possible to turn any product into a flexible die helping our customers create new, differentiated solutions,” said Dr. Marco Racanelli, Sr. Vice President of TowerJazz.
“As part of our qualification of the TowerJazz CS18-FleX offering, we are characterizing RF devices for improved performance and developing the device models that will allow engineers to design their IC in a flexible form from the start,” said Doug Hackler President and CEO of American Semiconductor. “We anticipate that demand will be significant and that we will need to support multi-project wafers very soon.”
On June 21 the technology also was tested in space. A NASA Orion suborbital rocket carried into space a FleX IC with direct write interconnects in parallel with a traditionally packaged IC for control. Both ICs were fully functional after the 20G launch that propelled the rocket 73 miles into space and subsequent recovery of the rocket from the Atlantic Ocean.
After the rocket was recovered, the results showed the FleX IC functioned through the flight with no upset due to radiation effects.
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