Amkor/Anam and Texas Instruments Extend Cooperation on Deep Submicron Process Technology for Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
CHANDLER, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 9, 2000
Agreement Adds 0.5 micron micron: see micrometer.
One micrometer, which is one millionth of a meter or approximately 1/25,000 of an inch. The tiny elements that make up a transistor on a chip are measured in micrometers and nanometers. See process technology. Metallurgy metallurgy (mĕt`əlûr'jē), science and technology of metals and their alloys. Modern metallurgical research is concerned with the preparation of radioactive metals, with obtaining metals economically from low-grade ores, with Technology to Anam's Fab
Amkor Technology Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMKR) is a high-tech semiconductor product manufacturer that includes Intel and IBM among its primary customers. Previously headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, Amkor recently announced that it will move to Chandler, , Inc., (Nasdaq - AMKR AMKR Amkor Technology ) and Anam Semiconductor Inc. today announced a new long-term cooperative agreement with Texas Instruments See TI.
(company) Texas Instruments - (TI) A US electronics company.
A TI engineer, Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit in 1958. Three TI employees left the company in 1982 to start Compaq. , Inc., (TI) for the transfer of TI's C05 traditional metallurgy process technology, for the production of advanced logic semiconductors.
Under terms of the agreement, Anam Semiconductor and Amkor Technology will replicate rep·li·cate
1. To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat.
2. To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of genetic material, a cell, or an organism.
A repetition of an experiment or a procedure. TI's 0.5 micron metal pitch, traditional metalization process in Anam Semiconductor's wafer fabrication Wafer Fabrication is a procedure composed of many repeated sequential processes to produce complete electrical or photonic circuits. Examples include production of radio frequency (RF) amplifiers, LEDs, optical computer components, and CPUs for computers. facility located in Buchon, Republic of Korea.
The Anam wafer fab is producing 25,000mm wafers per month, using 1.0-micron metal pitch and 0.7-micron metal pitch processes. Anam is expanding the facility's capacity to enable production of 30,000, 200mm wafers per month using 0.35 micron, 0.25 micron, and 0.18 micron gate length semiconductor processes, which Amkor licensed from TI beginning in 1997. Amkor sells wafers, tested die and full turnkey semiconductors based upon these process technologies. Full production of 0.18 micron technology Micron Technology ("Micron") NYSE: MU is a multinational company based in Boise, Idaho, USA, best known for producing many forms of semiconductor devices. This includes DRAM, SDRAM, flash memory, and CMOS image sensing chips. begins in Q3 2000.
"Our collaboration with Amkor and Anam provides TI with additional advanced logic wafer capacity," said Rich Templeton, president of TI's semiconductor business. Templeton concluded, "Amkor and Anam are important manufacturing partners for TI. They achieved outstanding results during 1999 and have been awarded Texas Instrument's Supplier Excellence Award (SEA) for 1999.
The aggressiveness of a semiconductor process technology is determined from a combination of both the gate length and the metal pitch. Gate length helps determines the speed and robustness of the individual transistors, and the metal pitch determine how compact the overall design can be. A metal pitch is the overall width, measured in microns, of a metal line and single adjacent space. Highly dense semiconductor processes facilitate single chip solutions and System in Package (SiP) solutions.
"Working with TI allows us to continue our long-term vision to provide turnkey services, from customer design support to wafer fabrication, assembly and test," said Eric Larson, Amkor Executive Vice President. "With this agreement in place, Amkor has secured the capability to provide Texas Instruments and our other customers with leading process technology and services that meet or exceed the requirements outlined in the current Semiconductor Industry Association roadmaps."
About Amkor Technology: Amkor Technology, Inc. is the world's largest provider of contract microelectronics manufacturing solutions. The company offers semiconductor companies and electronics OEMs a complete set of microelectronic design and manufacturing services, including deep sub-micron wafer fabrication; wafer probe, wafer mapping, characterization and reliability testing; IC packaging design and assembly; multi-chip module A Multi-Chip Module or MCM is a specialized electronic package where multiple integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductor dies or other modules are packaged in such a way as to facilitate their use as a single IC. design and assembly; and final testing. More information on Amkor is available from the company's SEC filings and on Amkor's web site: www.amkor.com.