Tower Semiconductor Ltd. and its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor, operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated circuits offering a range of customizable process technologies, including SiGe, BiCMOS, SOI, mixed-signal and RFCMOS, CMOS image sensors, power management , and non-volatile memory as well as MEMS capabilities. TowerJazz also owns 51% of TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. , an enterprise with Panasonic Corporation. Through TPSCo, TowerJazz offers leading edge 45nm CMOS, 65nm RF CMOS and 65nm 1.12µm pixel technologies.The company manufactures integrated circuits for semiconductor companies such as: Avago Technologies, Fairchild Semiconductor, International Rectifier, Panasonic, RF Micro Devices, Samsung, Skyworks Solutions, Texas Instruments and Vishay – Siliconix. For global capacity assurance, TowerJazz operates six manufacturing facilities on three continents: Fab 1 and Fab 2 located in Migdal Haemek, Israel, Fab 3 located in Newport Beach, California and three additional fabs through TPSCo located in the Hokuriku region of Japan. In addition, TowerJazz operates a worldwide design center in Netanya, Israel. Tower Semiconductor is an Israeli public company that is traded on NASDAQ and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and is included in the TA-100 Index and the TA BlueTech-50 Index. In 2010, TowerJazz became the #1 specialty foundry by revenue, with 70% revenue growth year-over-year. Wikipedia.
Shauly E.N.,TowerJazz Semiconductor |
Shauly E.N.,Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications | Year: 2012
Power reduction in CMOS platforms is essential for any application technology. This is a direct result of both lateral scaling-smaller features at higher density, and vertical scaling-shallower junctions and thinner layers. For achieving this power reduction, solutions based on process-device and process-integration improvements, on careful layout modification as well as on circuit design are in use. However, the drawbacks of these solutions, in terms of greater manufacturing complexity (and higher cost) and speed degradation, call for "optimized" solutions. This paper reviews the issues associated with transistor scaling and related solutions for leakage and power reduction in terms of topological design rules and layout optimization for digital and analog transistors. For standard cells and SRAMs cells, leakage aware layout optimization techniques considering transistor configuration, stressors, line-edge-roughness and more are presented. Finally, different techniques for leakage and power reduction at the circuit level are discussed. © 2012 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Chakraborty P.S.,Georgia Institute of Technology |
Moen K.A.,Georgia Institute of Technology |
Moen K.A.,TowerJazz Semiconductor |
Cressler J.D.,Georgia Institute of Technology
IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices | Year: 2013
We use predictive technology computer-aided design to investigate the device design challenges and optimization issues that will be necessarily encountered in scaling of complementary silicon-germanium (C-SiGe) heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs). A fully integrated simulation framework was developed to design and optimize device doping and Ge profiles for any given target performance, using important circuit-relevant figures-of-merit. This methodology was successfully utilized to realize device profiles for multiple C-SiGe technology nodes within the context of a C-SiGe scaling roadmap. A method for optimizing the ac performance of SiGe HBTs geared for both high-performance and low-power applications is also presented. The performance metrics of the optimized profiles presented here are then compared with those of existing fabricated devices reported in the literature. © 1963-2012 IEEE.
TowerJazz Semiconductor | Date: 2015-12-15
Integrated circuits. Manufacture of integrated circuits to order per the specification of others; Technical support services, namely, providing technical advice related to the manufacture of integrated circuits. Design services to enable the manufacture of integrated circuits for others; Technical support services, namely, assisting customers with the modification of integrated circuit designs to enable the manufacture of such designs.
News Article | March 19, 2014
Two Chinese companies, TowerJazz and Gpixel, have teamed up to develop the GMAX3005, a new massively high-resolution 150 megapixel CMOS image sensor. The goal is to use it for medical and industrial applications, so don't expect it to see it in your next DSLR. Admittedly, we don't have a lot of reference points for evaluating some of the claims in this release, but the companies say that this is the highest-resolution CMOS sensor in the world, and we can't find any that come close. The chip measures 167.6mm x 30.1mm, which implies an absurdly wide aspect ratio; however, the release describes this image sensor as "full frame," which in consumer speak means 35mm. Safe to say, you won't be using this sensor anytime soon, but it might find its way into medical tech that saves your life one day. Intriguing! [Businesswire via Photography Blog via The Phoblographer]
News Article | November 28, 2013
Japan's Panasonic Corp will sell its three main domestic semiconductor factories to Israel's TowerJazz as early as the current business year ending in March, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, bringing the embattled electronics giant closer to completing an overhaul of its loss-making businesses. Under President Kazuhiro Tsuga, Panasonic has been streamlining unprofitable enterprises, including televisions and smartphones, and semiconductors are the last major remaining area to complete a round of restructuring. Panasonic aims to split the three chip factories out and have TowerJazz take control, the sources said on Wednesday, declining to be identified because the information is not public yet. The companies are negotiating the size of the stake and transfer of the factories' workers, one of the sources said. The three chip plants in Japan, with about 2,500 workers, have been fully depreciated and had a combined book value of 42.2 billion yen as of March 31. Panasonic said nothing had been decided. Officials at TowerJazz's headquarters could not immediately be reached. Panasonic is also in talks with another company to sell its five overseas chip assembly plants in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and two in China, the sources said. They did not identify the potential buyer. Panasonic has earmarked 170 billion yen in restructuring outlays this year as its consumer electronic operations, like those of Sony Corp and Sharp Corp, reel under fierce competition from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co and LG Electronics. So far this business year, Panasonic has announced an exit from plasma TVs and smartphones for domestic retail consumers, even as it raised its earnings forecast this month on strong sales of products like batteries to industrial clients. With the sale of chip plants, as well as early retirement offers and transfers to other operations, Panasonic will halve its semiconductor-segment workforce to around 7,000 by the business year to March 2015, one source said. Shares in Panasonic rose 3.2 percent on the news, which was first reported in the Nikkei business daily on Wednesday.