L-3 Cincinnati Electronics Selects Cypress to Manufacture Readout Integrated
Circuits for Thermal Imaging Applications
Cypress Foundry Solutions Chosen for High-Yield SONOS Process Technology
Expertise in “Stitching” Oversized Dice from Wafers
SAN JOSE, Calif. & MASON, Ohio -- January 22, 2014
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced it has been selected
by L-3 Cincinnati Electronics, a division of L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL),
as a supply partner to manufacture its Readout Integrated Circuits (ROICs).
L-3 CE will design and manufacture its state-of-the-art ROICs for its cooled
infrared detectors using Cypress’s proprietary process technology at the
Cypress Foundry Solutions wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington,
Minnesota. L-3 CE selected Cypress based on the potential for significant
manufacturing yield enhancements for large-die ROIC devices.
The ROICs will be based on Cypress’s S8™ mixed-signal 130-nanometer
flash-based SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) process technology.
SONOS is compatible with standard CMOS technologies and offers numerous
advantages, including high endurance and low power.
Due to the large die size of infrared sensor ROICs, L-3 CE looked for a
manufacturing partner that could provide the lowest percentage of defects for
higher yield. L-3 CE also wanted a partner with proven expertise in
“stitching,” or the ability to process dice larger than standard stepper wafer
handling equipment can handle. Cypress meets these requirements by combining
its 130-nm mixed-signal front-end process with the low-defect density and
design rules for precise stitching of its 90-nm aluminum back-end of line
“Based on Cypress's comprehensive defect control strategy, we are pleased to
expand our supplier base to meet the growing demand for large-format thermal
imaging,” said Vance King, Vice President and General Manager of IR Products
at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics. “Our cutting-edge, high-definition sensing
technology, combined with Cypress’s proven, high-volume 8-inch 130-nm
technology and manufacturing expertise, enables us to achieve the performance
and affordable cost requirements of U.S. defense markets.”
“This agreement continues to validate Cypress’s commitment to high-quality,
low-cost manufacturing in the United States,” said Mehran Sedigh, Vice
President of Front-End Manufacturing at Cypress. “We have continued to expand
our base of leading-edge customers, such as L-3, for our Minnesota wafer fab,
and we expect this trend to continue as more companies see the value and
service that Cypress Foundry Solutions offers.”
The agreement will leverage Cypress’s advanced process technology and transfer
expertise along with its Trusted Fab accreditation and quality certifications
for TS16949 and ISO14001. L-3 CE and Cypress expect to have the product
qualified by late 2014.
Cypress manufactures high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions
for a variety of markets, including defense and automotive, proving a strong
fit for L-3 CE, a leader in infrared solutions for military and commercial
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About L-3 Cincinnati Electronics
L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE) is world-renowned for its expertise in the
areas of electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) detection as well as space and
missile electronics. To learn more about L-3 CE, please visit the company’s
website at www.L-3com.com/ce.
About L-3 Communications
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people
worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control,
Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems,
platform and logistics solutions, and national security solutions. L-3 is also
a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and
commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of $13.1 billion.
To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
L-3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company
information. Financial and other material information regarding L-3 is
routinely posted on the company’s website and is readily accessible.
About Cypress’s Fab 4
Cypress operates its own wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington, Minnesota,
and offers access to this facility as a Specialty Foundry Solutions provider.
This 8-inch wafer fab manufactures in high volume down to the 90-nm node with
65-nm capability. It offers process technologies that integrate SONOS-based
nonvolatile memory and precision analog/mixed-signal capabilities. The
facility can handle ITAR material, and it has been accredited as a Category 1A
Trusted Fab for fabrication, design, and testing of U.S. DoD Trusted
Microelectronics. More information on Cypress Foundry Solutions is available
online at www.cypress.com/go/foundry.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that
provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value.
Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC^® 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP
programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in
capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense^® touch sensing,
TrueTouch^® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and
peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance
connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial
products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM
memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile
handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and
military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker
symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.
Cypress, the Cypress logo, TrueTouch, PSoC, and CapSense are registered
trademarks and S8 is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other
trademarks are property of their owners.
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