TowerJazz has created an innovation environment which combines the experience of all of its R&D engineers from diverse fields. This collaboration between all its worldwide fabs fosters novel ideas that enable breakthrough business opportunities for TowerJazz customers. R&D works in parallel with the Company’s manufacturing strategy that includes technology transfers between the sites.
R&D projects are supported by both internally allocated budgets and by governmental and international programs, in all of TowerJazz’s Business Units (BUs). Radio Frequency (RF) and High Performance Analog (HPA) BU innovation projects are focused on furthering the Company’s RF CMOS SOI technology in the fields of antenna switches, power amplifiers and on high speed SiGe devices. R&D activities in the field of power management are focused on the development of novel features, such as original non-volatile memories (NVMs), specialized patented silicon high-voltage devices, and GaN devices for future production platforms. TowerJazz’s CMOS image sensor BU has performed extensive studies in the fields of IR sensors for gesture recognition, fast global shutter image sensors and back-side illuminated imagers. The CMOS and TOPS BUs have made significant progress in feasibility studies of semiconductor sensors and MEMS devices (gas sensors, magnetic field sensors, radiation sensors, etc.).
TowerJazz participates in joint research with Universities and companies in Israel, Europe, Korea, Japan, Singapore and the US on projects ranging from demonstrating novel circuit and application results using TowerJazz process technologies to advanced characterization of its technologies, such as radiation immunity or extreme temperature measurements.
TowerJazz has signed joint research agreements with the Institute of Microelectronics (IME, Singapore) on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and it has entered the Tecnopolis del Sur R&D consortium in Argentina with an outlook to business development in South America.
Another example of direct research cooperation is a TowerJazz-Crocus technology project on the development of unique magnetic tunnel junction devices, in particular, magnetic field sensors and memories integrated into the CMOS back-end.
The results of performed studies by TowerJazz and its partners are regularly published as research papers in the world’s most appreciated journals and presented at major international conferences.
In the last few years, TowerJazz has been awarded a number of prestigious international research grants in several fields of semiconductor electronics. These grants include the European Union H2020 project “GREAT”—STT MRAM memories integrated with sensors and RF devices for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and the European Union FP7 grant on the development of radiation hard electronic components (SkyFlash project) as well as Israel-Italy projects on specialized semiconductor memories (ATENA), CIS imagers (CISSA) and GaN devices (PEGASO).
TowerJazz is part of several R&D consortia sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Trade in Israel and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US. Several R&D projects, particularly in the field of thermal imager technology, with special focus on infrared and high speed communications continue and are run in collaboration with US Defense Agencies.
International research and technological agreements have a wide geographical reach that includes South America, North America, Europe and Asia. TowerJazz’s international cooperation is a powerful innovation tool that allows the Company to expand its global reach to promising and emerging markets. The efficiency of TowerJazz’s global cooperation is demonstrated in numerous joint publications in leading international journals.
In addition, twice a year, TowerJazz issues a peer-reviewed internal Technical Journal, which reflects the latest developments and advances of our esteemed engineers. TowerJazz has been granted numerous patents and has been published in copious technical publications reflecting the Company’s research directions and major innovative achievements.