X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced the XO035 0.35 micrometer process. The XO035 foundry process is optimized for Blu-ray and high-speed optical data communication applications. XO035 includes X-FAB’s blue PIN module. The integration of the PIN diode into the 0.35 micrometer CMOS environment enables the design of high-performance photo detectors. The XO035 process is available now.
Both the sensitivity (especially in the blue wavelength range) and the speed for the entire detectable light spectrum are higher than for X-FAB’s optical sensor at 0.6 micrometers, enabling engineers to develop next generation of products. The XO035 process is ideal for all applications for which high sensitivity and high bandwidth are crucial – such as photo detector chips (PDICs) for Blu-ray and other optical data storage applications, and optical data communication and high dynamic range cameras.
The PIN diode’s sensitivity for red and IR wavelengths is higher than 0.4 A/W, resulting in good performance for DVDs and CDs, and making it suitable for combined optical data storage drives. The modular approach also offers bipolar transistors required for low noise applications, and fast MOS transistors required to support high-speed PIN diodes with signal conditioning.
An XO035 process design kit (PDK) is available. As a special feature, it includes a dedicated VERILOG-A behavioral photo diode model. This model enables designers to apply their standard electrical design flow to the complicated physical process of light sensing. The XO035 PDK also features a variety of dense standard cell libraries optimized for area, speed, low power and low noise; and I/O libraries, including ESD support. The PDK, and analog and digital libraries, are available from X-TIC, X-FAB’s online Technical Information Center.
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