Small volume, secured ASIC supplies with extended MPW service

January 31, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Dolphin Integration is extending its partnership with STMicroelectronics by adding features in the Custom Fabless activity; the Multi-Project Wafer service myMPW+ provides a controlled process to build product on the ST65 nm process.

myMPW+ is a secured Multi-Project Wafer, run yearly at STMicroelectronics in 65nmLP, specifically oraginsed for sensitive applications of customers seeking confidentiality and traceability for their circuits. It allows volume variability from a few tens up to a few thousand circuits at attractive prices.

myMPW+ allows the possibility of a metal-mask fix (spin) on the masks, for improvements after test of the first prototypes, as well as the capability to launch low to middle volume fabrication after a first prototype acceptance, by using the same masks for deliveries spread over a couple of years. The service features full traceability and confidentiality all along a secured production chain, including customer return management.

Dolphin Integration will aggregate, on their own mask sets, different circuits coming from a number of customers seeking confidentiality and traceability, which will then be launched to fabrication. The different fabrication steps are handled and controlled by Dolphin Integration acting as Prime Contractor, within the business model for ASIC services proposed through mySoC (see; Once the wafers are out of foundry, special care is taken during the assembly phase, so that unused devices are stored or destroyed by Dolphin Integration. Depending on specific customer needs, the process may be stopped after receiving the prototypes, or when needing a metal fix or new engineering samples for validation purposes, or the process may be extended with a low volume fabrication, once the prototypes are validated at the system level.

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