Korean designer and manufacturer of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductor products, MagnaChip, has announced a 0.13 micron BCD process to help automotive power semiconductor designers.

BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) is a process technology that combines three different process technologies onto a single chip: Bipolar for analogue signal control and CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) and DMOS (Double Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor) for digital signal control and high-power handling, used primarily for power semiconductors.

The process unveiled by MagnaChip has been certified as Grade-1 under AEC-Q100, a reliability standard for automotive electronics and is suitable for diverse automotive power semiconductors -- including motor driver ICs, BMSs (Battery Management Systems) and DC-DC ICs. .

Driven by the adoption of electric vehicles, the automotive semiconductor sector – including power products – is projected to see strong growth over the next five years. According to IHS Markit technology research, the market is forecasted to grow from $42 billion in 2019 to approximately $60 billion in 2023.

The MTP (Multi-Time Programming) IP applied to this 0.13 micron BCD process technology enables a chip to be reprogrammed at least 1000 times, which is an important feature for power semiconductors that require repeatable memory programming, such as motor driver ICs, power management ICs and level shifter ICs.

Also, unlike the previous 0.13 micron BCD process technology, which requires additional photo layers to realize MTP IPs, this new 0.13 micron BCD process does not require additional photo layers as a result of IP design optimisation. By virtue of no additional layers, MagnaChip’s new 0.13 micron BCD process could allow its customers to reduce cost and shorten the “time-to-market.”

According to YJ Kim, Chief Executive Officer of MagnaChip, “Along with the rapid growth of the automotive power semiconductor market, demand is rising for foundry technologies with the highest possible reliability and cost competitiveness. Thanks to our BCD know-how and manufacturing expertise, I believe MagnaChip is more than capable to be the leading service provider in the growing automotive power semiconductor market.”