Globalfoundries revamps BCD process for automotive chips

September 13, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Globalfoundries has announced a foundry technology optimized for automotive applications such as power management devices, audio amplifiers, displays and LED driver integrated circuits (ICs). Built on a proven process used in high-volume manufacturing for consumer applications, the BCDlite 0.18um process technology is a comprehensive, modular platform that offers an excellent combination of performance and cost, the company said.

According to a report by Semicast Research, the average semiconductor content per vehicle is expected to grow at CAGR 4.3% from 2008 to 2017, approximately $425 per vehicle by 2017. The overall global revenue for automotive semiconductor market is forecasted to grow from US$20 billion in 2010 to US$39 billion by 2017.

“As we continue to see an increasing trend of manufacturers integrating more electronic components into automobiles, Globalfoundries is well positioned to support the automotive industry with our foundry expertise,” said Raj Kumar, Senior Vice President for Globalfoundries' 200mm Business Unit and General Manager for Singapore.

According to Globalfoundries, the 0.18um BCDlite platform features competitive Rdson in a less complex process while providing extensive device characterization, modeling, ESD and PDK support. Additionally, embedded OTP non-volatile memory is available as an option.

To ensure robustness in its automotive process manufacturing, the process has undergone the Automotive Electronic Council's AEC-Q100 Group D critical reliability test. In addition, the company also conducted quality and reliability assessments on the process solution to complement the industry standard. The AEC-Q100 qualified 0.18um BCDlite solution will be offered to customers in Q4, 2011.

All Globalfoundries' 200mm fabs in Singapore are certified to ISO/TS16949 automotive quality standards. The company today serves six of the top 10 automotive semiconductor suppliers in the world and has also achieved qualification by many key automotive system manufacturers.