American Semiconductor has announced the FleX-MCU™ product family. Leveraging an SOI starting wafer, the FleX-MCU is the world’s first physically flexible microcontroller fabricated using the FleX™ Silicon-on-Polymer™ process. The FleX-MCU is an 8-bit RISC microcontroller with 8KB embedded RAM operating up to 20MHz, and is the initial product for a full portfolio of physically flexible ICs. The FleX IC roadmap includes microcontrollers, analog-to-digital converters (ADC), radio frequency (RF) wireless communications, and non-volatile memory (NVM).
“The Silicon-on-Polymer process can be applied to a variety of standard SOI wafers from any commercial wafer foundry or IDM. The FleX-MCU demonstrates a standard foundry process used to develop physically flexible FleX ICs. This means customers can create their own custom FleX ICs in addition to using our catalog products,” said Rich Chaney, General Manager of American Semiconductor
The FleX-MCU is fabricated in TowerJazz Semiconductor’s CS13 process. The CS13 PDK can be used to design flexible ICs; the IP blocks used in the FleX-MCU are available from American Semiconductor for customers to include in their custom designs.
In a previous announcement, Dr. Marco Racanelli, Sr. Vice President of TowerJazz said, “FleX is a post-fabrication process that can be applied to our production SOI technology making it possible to turn any product into a flexible die helping our customers create new, differentiated solutions. We are excited to partner with American Semiconductor and look forward to jointly participate in the growth of this new market.”