1st Silicon and UniqueICs CMOS Photoreceiver Cells Target
News Posted: 29.03.05
KUCHING, SARAWAK, Malaysia - (BUSINESS WIRE)—- March 29, 2005—
- 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and UniqueICs LLC of Russia, a
subsidiary of Kedah Wafer Emas (KWE) of Malaysia, have announced completion
of color CMOS photoreceiver cells that will be manufactured using
1st Silicon's 0.25um standard CMOS mixed signal process.
The cell technology allows sensors to receive three colors from one
pixel using the principle of color separation on internal energy barriers.
This technique does not use common organic color filters or microlenses.
Using a set of photoreceiver cells manufactured in 0.25um process
technology, companies can create matrix sensor structures of up to
4 Megapixels. The applications for photoreceivers are digital video
and digital still cameras, CCTV, biometric identification systems
"Sensors are one of technology's most promising new products because
they benefit a myriad of products designed for lifestyle applications,
as well as for business and security products," stated Dr. John Nelson,
Chief Executive Officer of 1st Silicon. "We enter this exciting market
with rich insight and experience gained over our collaboration with
Mr. Vladimir Perminov and Dr. Yury Tishin, Directors of UniqueICs,
said, "Our strong background in research and development has provided
the foundation for bringing sensors to market. By working with 1st
Silicon, we offer our customers a ready source of combined product
and manufacturing expertise."
UniqueICs is now offering sample production of 1.3-Megapixel sensors,
with volume production planned for this spring. The 3-Megapixel sensor
is scheduled for volume production in the fourth quarter. UniqueICs
has submitted several patents for this photoreceiver technology. Following
current production, 1st Silicon plans to continue collaborating with
UniqueICs to migrate the color photo receivers to its 0.18um technology
for production of 4- to 10-Megapixel photoreceivers.
About 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
1st Silicon (http://www.1si.com)
is a dedicated semiconductor foundry founded in 1998 by the Malaysian
State of Sarawak. 1st Silicon's 200mm wafer fab has a capacity in
excess of 45,000 wafers per month when fully ramped. The Company offers
volume production of digital and mixed-signal CMOS technologies in
0.25um and 0.18um processes. 0.15um logic and 0.13um Flash technologies
will be available by first quarter of 2005. The Company also focuses
on niche markets by offering reliable and cost-effective embedded
non-volatile memory, high-voltage, CMOS image sensor and CCD processes.
1st Silicon's customers include integrated device manufacturers and
fabless semiconductor companies worldwide. 1st Silicon has its headquarters
in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and sales offices in US, Korea and
a Russian subsidiary of Kedah Wafer Emas (KWE) of Malaysia, is a fabless
design house working in fields of optoelectronics and customer electronics.
The Company offers leading edge IC design on the base of patented
technologies to provide unique, high quality products and system solutions
at competitive prices. More than 30 PhDs, Professors and 100 MSc's
staff are working for Unique ICs. The Company has established 40 personal
grants for talented students and young scientists of the best Russian
technical Universities. UniqueICs head office is based in Zelenograd,
center of Russian electronics.
1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
SC Sia, +60.82.354.888
Maestro Marketing & Public Relations
Barbara Kalkis, 408-996-9975
Diana Izutkina, +7.095.536.99.39