TowerJazz and Global Invacom, announced today the production of a software configurable satellite TV chipset for global applications enabled by TowerJazz's advanced SiGe BiCMOS (SBC18) technologies and design enablement services.
"We selected TowerJazz as our manufacturing partner for their ability to produce low-noise, high-gain, wide-band and linear SiGe devices. Also, their design enablement platform complements their sophisticated technology and includes silicon verified, highly scalable device models, robust physical design tools for up front design optimization, and their design support infrastructure, to enable a quick and accurate design cycle," said Malcolm Burrell, Global Invacom's Technical Director.
TowerJazz has revealed the first product resulting from a five-year linkup with a Korean research institute that could give it a growing presence in the expanding field of medical imaging technology. The company said its collaboration with the government-funded Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) had led to the development of an image sensor, capable of converting an image into an electronic signal in devices such as X-ray machines.
The sensor is expected to have annual sales of more than $10 million, relatively small in the context of TowerJazz's total sales. But it is potentially significant in the context of a global market for medical, dental and veterinary X-ray systems that reached $10 billion in 2012 and should increase to $12 billion by 2017, according to IMS Research.
TowerJazz has qualified its Migdal HaEmek (Fab 2) for bulk CMOS controller process platforms and RF SOI switches to augment its existing factory in Newport Beach, California. Initial wafer production has begun at the new fab. According to TowerJazz, the new factory has more than doubled its total wafer capacity for these technologies. So far, over 30 products have been produced at the new Migdal HaEmek factory.
TowerJazz says its SOI technology (CS18) offers insertion loss, isolation and harmonics to support current and future generation RF products. TowerJazz points out its RFCMOS (both bulk and SOI) and SiGe BiCMOS technologies are ideally suited to benefit from the rapid proliferation of smartphones in addition to increasing RF data paths per phone.
TowerJazz and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TPSCo) today announced its first major third party CMOS image sensor (CIS) customer, Himax Imaging, Inc., that is developing its next generation high end cameras for smart phone applications using TPSCo's state of the art 1.12um-pixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) 65nm process.
TPSCo's CIS technology meets the growing demand for high dynamic range and signal to noise ratio optical sensors used in mobile, high-end photography, security, and surveillance applications. "By utilizing the advanced features of our 1.12um-pixel CIS 65nm process, Himax Imaging will offer evermore innovative technology to meet their customers' -- some of the world's leading device manufacturers -- growing demands for both high quality, yet cost-effective, cameras for high end smart phone applications," said Guy Eristoff, CEO, TPSCo.
TowerJazzand Triune Systems announced that Triune has developed a proprietary isolated power and data technology using the TowerJazz TS18PM process on its state of the art 0.18um based power management platform. According to a report published by Transparency Market Research, the home automation market is expected to reach $16.4 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 24.6% from 2014 to 2019.
"We developed this unique and innovative isolated technology with TowerJazz because they offered the best process for our needs," said Ross Teggatz, President of Triune Systems. "Our Neo-Iso™ technology further leverages TowerJazz's processes to provide truly unique solutions that can drive exciting and differentiated home automation applications, and we look forward to developing several new products based on this technology."
The office in Kyoto will be the central base of Japanese sales, technical support and other services, including integrating some of the interface activities of the newly established TPSCo which enables increased capacity and offerings in advanced geometries including leading edge 45nm CMOS, 65nm RF CMOS and 65nm 1.12µm pixel technologies.
TowerJazz and Cavendish Kinetics announced their collaboration to bring MEMS tunable RF solutions to the consumer mobile wireless market. Designed specifically for radio frequency (RF) applications, the Cavendish NanoMech(TM) MEMS technology has passed rigorous reliability testing and enables products boasting advantages in size and performance compared to other technologies. NanoMech(TM) MEMS technology can be combined with other TowerJazz technologies such as SOI CMOS, SiGe BiCMOS and Through-Silicon Vias (TSVs) to service a wide variety of emerging applications.
Crocus and TowerJazz announced that Crocus' CTSX magnetic field sensor family, based on Crocus' proprietary Magnetic Logic Unit™ (MLU) technology, has completed qualification using TowerJazz's 130nm CMOS process. TowerJazz will fabricate the CTSX product family and offer the new highly-advanced developed sensors to its customers.
The CTSX product family offers several important advantages for enabling high performance and low cost solutions addressing the needs of multiple market segments including consumer, industrial and process control, energy and transportation segments.
TowerJazz and Genoray announced the successful development of a CIS for medical diagnostic devices such as X-ray equipment, fluoroscopy and radiography in TowerJazz's 0.18um CIS stitch process. This new device is a CIS detector whereas the existing market uses a silicon TFT type sensor. The advantage of CIS compared to TFT is that CIS uses active pixels so it obtains the image with less noise and helps minimize X-ray radiation exposure which is currently the biggest issue in the industry.
ANSYS and TowerJazz have announced a collaboration to deliver comprehensive power noise and reliability sign-off flow for mutual customers. With increased use of analog and RF ICs in a variety of electronic systems including consumer, automotive, medical and industrial applications, the ability to accurately predict the performance of these ICs prior to production has become a critical design challenge, say the firms.
Specialty foundry TowerJazz says that, at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2014) in San Francisco (9-13 February), researchers from the University of California, Irvine’s (UCI’s) Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits (NCIC) Labs presented results from an integrated circuit operating in the W-band (75-110GHz) comprising a 9-element fully integrated direct-detection-based receiver (RX) array (fabricated in TowerJazz’s 0.18µm SiGe BiCMOS process). The fully integrated receiver uses a new concept - spatial-overlapping super-pixels - for millimeter-wave (MMW) imaging applications (used for concealed-weapon detection, airplane navigation in low-visibility conditions, and satellite surveillance).
During last year, TowerJazz reported many new deals, among them joint ventures and some new technologies. Despite the news, TowerJazz stock has shown decries of about 30%. We traveled to the factory in Migdal Haemek, Israel to see close-up the semiconductor foundry and talk to Russell Ellwanger, TowerJazz CEO.
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Inside Tower Semiconductor’s North American subsidiary, Jazz Semiconductor Inc., its 120,000-square-foot factory annually churns out about 290,000 wafers—the foundation for chips designed by commercial, industrial and military customers. The defense industry accounts for about 10% of the company’s annual sales of about $500 million. Revenue from that segment is expected to increase in the coming years, thanks to a recent partnership with the U.S. Air Force. The company was awarded a $5 million foundry improvement and sustainability program that aims to boost research and development efforts in a specialized area of military applications: infrared sensors.
TowerJazz and MAPS Inc. announced collaboration on the launch of the first resonant wireless power transfer (WPT) receiver Chip(Rx) for mobile products which integrates high efficiency full active rectifier (FAR) technology and enables wireless charging at a distance which is cutting-edge in the market. Wireless charging is a breakthrough in the mobile communications and computing devices infrastructure arena. MAPS expects mass production to begin in Q2 2014, targeting the giant mobile, portable and computing market in Korea as well as worldwide. Korea's mobile market is one of the strongest in the world. MAPS, as a local fabless company, has a high potential to be dominant in the wireless charging market as the trend moves from inductive to resonant. Pike Research estimates that worldwide revenues from wireless power devices will exceed $15B by 2020, and that systems based on highly resonant wireless power transfer will account for more than 80% of the total market.
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, specializes in manufacturing analog integrated circuits for more than 300 customers worldwide in growing markets such as automotive, medical, industrial, consumer and aerospace and defense, among others. more information