Tuesday, February 02, 2010

TowerJazz and Soitec Collaborate on BSI Sensors

EETimes, Business Wire: TowerJazz and Soitec announced they will jointly develop a solution for SOI-based high-end BSI CMOS image sensors aimed at industrial, medical and automotive applications. Yole Developpement principal analyst Jerome Baron expects the high-end BSI image sensor market to reach $120M by 2013, while the total BSI sensor market is to reach $800M at the same time frame.

The BSI foundry solution is said to enable a rapid ramp by TowerJazz customers. TowerJazz said it will integrate SOI substrates and Soitec's Smart Stacking circuit layer transfer technology, customized for the TowerJazz fabrication process.

Soitec claimed that its Smart Stacking technology aims chip manufacturers to leverage wafer-to-wafer level stacking through low-stress bonding and high-precision thinning of partially or fully processed circuits. Smart Stacking was developed originally at Tracit Technologies SA, which Soitec acquired in July 2006. Tracit (Grenoble, France) was itself a spin-off from CEA-Leti.

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