Monday, April 23, 2012

TowerJazz CIS Process Now Available at Newport Beach, CA Fab

PR Newswire: TowerJazz announces the completion of the CIS process transfer from its Migdal Haemek, Israel facility to its US fab in Newport Beach, California providing multi-sourcing to better address its customers' growing needs. TowerJazz's CIS process has already been running in high volume in its Israeli plants, and is now available in its Newport Beach, CA facility for customers that require on-shore manufacturing.

Integration of TowerJazz's NMOS pixel with its 0.18um process provides a US-based solution for specialty image sensors for aerospace and defense applications as well. "Our aerospace and defense business is experiencing solid growth and the further expansion of our technology offerings will provide an even broader range of advanced technology to our customer base here in the US," said Corey Fukushima, TowerJazz Aerospace and Defense Sales.

"We are providing a high level of support to customize pixels in order to optimize performance for specialty applications, including non-ITAR aerospace and military applications. We are pleased with the transfer of our CIS process to our US fab to address customers' needs for on-shore manufacturing of ITAR applications and to provide a global sourcing solution with our advanced and proven CIS technology offering," said Dr. Avi Strum, VP and GM of Specialty Business Unit.

12 comments:

  1. Newport Beach real estate is very expensive.

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    1. And the connection between the blog post and your comment is....???

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    2. this means that the wafer will even more expensive. Any way US taxe-payer will pay the high price to develop the defence based products.

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    3. So the real estate prices determine wafer prices....

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    4. I don't think the sort of price discrimination he is referring to applies in this case! There is no connection whatsoever, pricing of wafers is determined by a much stronger market force!

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  2. How much time have they used to transfer this process to US fab??

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  3. I remember Tower bought this Fab in 2008

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  4. Did they but it, or just buy into it. I think its the latter since it is called TowerJazz.

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  5. Not liking the mention of ITAR - It will be a while before we will see this offered for commercial (non-ITAR) use.

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  6. Large CIS sensors need stitching . Is Jazz offering Stitchin for this technology node ?

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    1. Yes, it looks so. The PR explicitly says about stitching:

      "TowerJazz's patented stitching technology overcomes photolithography tool limitations to seamlessly tile 5.5-micron pixel sections into a large pixel array, resulting in ultra-high resolution, high-quality color image sensors. This technology enables manufacturing of die sizes up to a single die per 200-mm wafer."

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