AMS AG's chip prototyping service, the multi-project wafer (MPW) or shuttle run, combines several IC designs from different customers onto a single wafer, offering significant cost advantages for foundry customers.

The company's MPW service offers the whole range of 180nm and 0.35μm specialty processes, including the recently introduced 180nm CMOS technology (aC18). The aC18 process supports a large number of 1.8V and 5.0V NMOS and PMOS devices (substrate based, floating, low leakage and high threshold voltage options) and fully characterised passives including various capacitors. Area-optimised high-density and low-power digital libraries with gate densities up to 152kGates/mm², updated digital and analog I/O libraries with up to 6 metal layers as well as ESD protection cells with up to 8kV HBM level complete the offering.

AMS’s aC18 process is ideally suited for sensor and sensor interface devices in a wide variety of applications. All 2017 MPW runs in aC18 technology will be manufactured in AMS's 200mm fabrication facility in Austria, ensuring very low defect densities and high yields.

In addition to the four aC18 MPW runs, AMS will also offer four MPW runs in its advanced 180nm High-Voltage CMOS (aH18) technology supporting 1.8V, 5V, 20V and 50V devices. For its 0.35μm specialty processes a total of 14 runs are offered in 2017. AMS's 0.35μm high-voltage CMOS process family, optimised for high-voltage designs in automotive and industrial applications, supports 20V, 50V and 120V devices as well as truly voltage scalable transistors. The advanced High-Voltage CMOS process with embedded EEPROM functionality as well as the 0.35µm SiGe-BiCMOS technology S35 are fully compatible with the base CMOS process and complete AMS’s MPW service portfolio.

Overall, AMS will offer almost 150 MPW start dates in 2017, enabled by co-operations with worldwide partner organizations such as CMP, Europractice, Fraunhofer IIS and Mosis.

For those in the APAC region, you can participate via the company's local MPW program partners Toppan Technical Design Center Co. (TDC) and MEDs Technologies.