Foundry Solutions for Autonomous Driving

Alexander Muffler
X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG, DE


ICs developed for autonomous driving do not only have to be designed according respective ASIL levels. They also need to be based and manufactured on highly reliable semiconductor processes.

X-FAB is the leading analog/mixed-signal and MEMS foundry group manufacturing silicon wafers for the automotive market with a track record of more than 25 years as automotive foundry. Already at process development, the clear focus is on highly reliable semiconductor processes. This also applies to IPs such as Flash, EEPROM, digital IPs like RAM and ROM, all for high temperature application up to 175C junction temperature. The PDKs - which are the interface between IC designers and the silicon - are developed by X-FAB with the target to give chip designers all necessary tools on hand to enable first-time-right mixed-signal IC development for harsh environments. X-FAB does not only provide simulation models which behave as close as possible to the real silicon, but also tools for lifetime calculation based on user defined mission profiles. X-FAB also develops NVW IPs explicitly targeting automotive needs. These IPs include for example error correction and detection modes and are especially suited for autonomous driving cars.