Vanguard International Signs OTP IP License Agreement with Attopsemi Technology

Attopsemi’s I-fuse™ OTP provides small size, high reliability, low program voltage, low power and wide temperature range to enable Vanguard’s specialty IC wafer business in automotive and IoT applications.

Hsinchu, Taiwan – April 6, 2015 – , Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation, a leading specialty IC foundry, announced today that it recently signed One-Time Programmable (OTP) IP license agreement with Attopsemi Technology Co., LTD, a fuse-based OTP IP provider across all CMOS processes from 0.5um to 0.11um, including mixed signal, high voltage and BCD processes. Vanguard licensed Attopsemi’s OTP technology because Attopsemi’s proprietary I-fuse™ provides small size, high reliability, low power and wide temperature range that align well with Vanguard’s objectives in the automotive, power management, display driver and IoT wafer business.

“We are pleased that Attopsemi’s OTP IPs are very competitive when we compare with other OTP technologies in the market to meet our business objectives,” “Attopsemi will be among VIS’ major IP partners to provide OTP for all process technologies Vanguard offers to our customers.” “The new OTP solution provides customers extended temperature coverage, particularly in high endurance automotive applications.”

“Attopsemi’s I-fuse™ passed High Temperature Storage (HTS) qualification at 300oC for 3,000 hours on VIS’s 0.16um High Voltage process and surpassed the grade at Condition F in JEDEC document JESD22-A103C at 300oC for 1,000 hours. It also exceeds the HTS qualification at 175 oC for 1,000 hours in AEC-Q100_Rev H Grade 0 automotive specification.” said Jeffrey Lin, Director of Design Service Engineering at Vanguard.

“We sincerely appreciate all of Vanguard’s helps in developing our proprietary I-fuse™ OTP technology,” said Shine Chung, Chairman of Attopsemi. “After many years of collaboration and dedicated work, our I-fuse™ technology has finally been qualified in Vanguard International’s fabs. We proved that I-fuse™ can provide high reliability, smaller cell size using a fraction of program current than the ubiquitous electrical fuse. With our superior OTP IP, we expect to bring substantial benefits to all semiconductor communities.”