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Kit facilitates high-voltage CMOS process design.

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Based on Cadence v5.1.41, HIT-Kit v3.72 provides users with industry benchmark design environment for 0.35 µm High-Voltage CMOS process H35. It includes periphery cell libraries up to 50 V as well as set of 20 V devices optimized for power management products and display drivers in battery-powered applications. Along with circuit simulation models, features include design utilities such as SOAC tool, automatic layout generators, and guard-ring generation.



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austriamicrosystems Releases New Improved Version of High-Voltage CMOS Process Design Kit for Foundry Customers



New HIT-Kit v3.72 comes complete with additional 20V devices and special utilities optimized for High-Voltage CMOS product design

Unterpremstaetten, Austria (October 4, 2007) - austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry announced today a further improvement of its industry benchmark design environment ("HIT-Kit") for its advanced 0.35µm High-Voltage CMOS process H35. It is ideally suited for high voltage product design like power management products, display drivers, sensors and sensor interfaces and any kind of automotive applications just to name a few.

The new and easy to use HIT-Kit 3.72 based on Cadence version 5.1.41 includes updated periphery cell libraries up to 50V as well as the recently announced set of 20V devices optimized for power management products and display drivers in battery powered applications. In addition the HIT-Kit offers unique design utilities like Safe Operating Area Check (SOAC) tool, automatic layout generators for high-voltage device and guard-ring generation and special layout verification utilities like leakage check. In combination with the highly accurate circuit simulation models these tools enable high voltage chip designers to shorten their design time and increase their number of first time right designs.

"These new design tools and utilities are helping high voltage designers to do better simulation and gain more peace of mind towards completing their product design. We consider this another demonstration of us going the extra mile for our foundry customers", commented Thomas Riener, General Manager of austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry. "Our leading High-Voltage CMOS process technology in combination with an easy-to-use design environment and outstanding support enables foundry customers to achieve first time right designs at smallest possible die sizes."

The new Cadence HIT-Kit v3.72 contains a complete set of fully silicon-qualified standard cells, periphery cells and general purpose analog cells such as comparators, operational amplifiers, low power A/D and D/A converters. Custom analog devices, physical verification rule sets for Assura® DRC/LVS/EXT, as well as excellent characterized circuit simulation models enable rapid design starts of complex high performance mixed-signal ICs.

All I/O structures within the design kit are silicon-validated and meet the military ESD and JEDEC latch-up standards with I/O pads designed to surpass up to 4kV HBM and 250mA latch-up immunity. The specialty High-Voltage CMOS process H35 with its floating libraries includes a total of more than 2400 core and periphery cells.

More details about the Cadence-based HIT-Kit can be found at http://asic.austriamicrosystems.com/hitkit/index.html

About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixedsignal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS processes. With superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses.

austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).

For more information, please visit the web site at www.austriamicrosystems.com.

Technical Contact
austriamicrosystems AG
Andreas Wild
Product Marketing Manager Full Service Foundry
Tel: +43 (0) 3136 500 4400
Fax: +43 (0) 3136 500 5420
andreas.wild@austriamicrosystems.com
www.austriamicrosystems.com

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