MagnaChip Announces 0.13 micron BCD Process for Automotive Power Semiconductors

February 11, 2020 Tiera Oliver

MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced that it now offers a 0.13 micron BCD process with improved performance to help automotive power semiconductor designers build more competitive products.

BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) is a process technology that combines three different process technologies onto a single chip: Bipolar for analog signal control and CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) and DMOS (Double Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor) for digital signal control and high-power handling, used primarily for power semiconductors. The process announced has been certified as Grade-1 under AEC-Q100, a reliability standard for automotive electronics and is suitable for automotive power semiconductors, including motor driver ICs, BMSs (Battery Management Systems), and DC-DC ICs.

The MTP (Multi-Time Programming) IP applied to this newly enhanced 0.13 micron BCD process technology enables a chip to be reprogrammed at least 1000 times, an ideal feature for power semiconductors that require repeatable memory programming, such as motor driver ICs, power management ICs, and level shifter ICs. Unlike the previous 0.13 micron BCD process technology, which requires additional photo layers to realize MTP IPs, this new 0.13 micron BCD process does not require additional photo layers, as a result of IP design optimization. By virtue of no additional layers, MagnaChip’s new 0.13 micron BCD process could allow its customers to reduce cost and shorten the “time-to-market,” according to the company.

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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