SilTerra bets on new 0.13 micron multiproject wafer
by Jonathan Hopfner, EE Times
10:34 AM EDT) URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=165702275
Malaysia-based foundry SilTerra will launch its next
0.13-micron multiproject wafer on Friday (July 15) in a move
that executives said would help pave the way for the
manufacturer's future growth.
Steve Della Rocchetta, executive vice president of sales and
marketing, said SilTerra expected the 5- by 5-mm chip to
attract interest from the mobile handset and wireline and
wireless networking sectors. The chip integrates logic, mixed
signal and radio frequency capabilities.
Della Rocchetta said SilTerra's new wafer was significant as
its process technology matches that of 0.13-micron market
leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC).
"Furthermore, we will be adding [to the wafer], in
conjunction withour design service and IP partners, a
significant amount of IP content so that the customer can
execute timely and cost-effective new product
introductions," he added. "There is a significant
difference between compatible and matching capabilities."
While Della Rocchetta admitted the wafer would be a "very
small contributor" to SilTerra's immediate revenue
outlook, he said it would be "very significant in terms
of future revenue generation."
"We would expect that over the next one to two years that
0.13 micron will be the fastest growing technology within our
ecosystem and will . . . eventually become the prime
manufacturing technology for the company," he said.
Della Rocchetta said SilTerra's technology roadmap was
narrowing its gap with competitors such as TSMC and United
"Our joint development relationship with (the
Belgium-based Interuniversity Microelectronics Center) has
allowed us to accelerate technology development [and achieve]
first silicon success, and importantly we own our process
technology so we pay no royalty or licensing fees."
SilTerra also has several derivative process technologies in
the pipeline, though Della Rocchetta declined to provide
The foundry has been hit in recent months by sluggish growth
in the consumer segment. For the final quarter of 2004
SilTerra reported revenue of $23.1 million, a 28-percent
decline from the prior year, though total annual sales
increased 83 percent over 2003.
Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.:
Market demand driven, SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a
semiconductor wafer foundry offering major foundry compatible
CMOS logic, high-voltage and mixed-signal/RF technologies down
to 0.13-micron feature size. This includes complete,
competitive contract manufacturing for fabless and IDM
customers’ designs. SilTerra’s wafer fab has a design
capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month.
vigilant, SilTerra delivers award winning, world-class
performance to its customers seeking flexible capacity,
competitive advantages and around the clock customer support.
SilTerra is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 certified. Founded in
1995, the company’s headquarters and factory are located in
Malaysia’s Kulim High-Tech Park, and SilTerra has sales and
marketing offices in San Jose (California) and Hsinchu
(Taiwan). For additional information on SilTerra or its
services, please visit www.silterra.com.
Koh Meng Kong
+6-012-491-0425 (Cell phone)
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