Tanner EDA and Dongbu HiTek Announce Availability of Foundry-certified 0.18-micron Analog CMOS PDK

Leaders in A/MS design innovation deliver certified libraries, integrated flow

MONROVIA, California – May 3, 2011 – Tanner EDA, the catalyst for innovation for the design, layout and verification of analog and mixed-signal (A/MS) integrated circuits (ICs) and Dongbu HiTek, the world leader in specialty foundry, have jointly developed a foundry-certified process design kit (PDK) that is seamlessly integrated into Tanner EDA’s cohesive, integrated tool flow. Dongbu HiTek’s AN180 (0.18-micron analog CMOS) is optimized for performance and density. It offers dense 1.8V logic and 5V CMOS, and moderate levels of power. The AN180’s versatility, coupled with Tanner EDA’s software solutions and certified libraries, will help IC designers reduce design risk and provide faster time to market for designers of mobile applications, sensor products, and low-power applications that require high-quality analog blocks.

Dongbu HiTek has distinguished itself as a global leader in analog and mixed-signal technology since launching the world’s first foundry BCDMOS process at the 0.18-micron node in June 2008. Tanner EDA is focused on providing innovative solutions to designers of breakthrough analog and mixed-signal ICs. Driven by customer demand, the jointly-developed AN180 PDK will give designers using Tanner EDA software solutions certified libraries to draw on as they create ICs at 0.18-microns for production at Dongbu HiTek.

Dongbu HiTek’s AN180 contains a rich set of analog components, coupled with up to 30V drain-extended CMOS devices (DECMOS), enabling this process to touch voltages above 5V. Since this is a modular process, and the platform for the BD180LV process, the high-performance power devices associated with that bi-polar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) process can be added whenever needed. The AN180 PDK contains schematic, simulation, layout, and verification structures that link Dongbu HiTek’s specific foundry manufacturing processes with the complete Tanner EDA design flow.

“Our close working relationship with Tanner EDA is a reflection of our commitment to growth and customer satisfaction,” said Taek Soo Kim, Ph.D, vice president of Dongbu’s HiTek’s technical engineering division. “Tanner EDA’s complete analog and mixed-signal design solutions, installed at so many leading-edge companies and in so many leading-edge products, augments our world-class wafer manufacturing capabilities and quality management system for joint customers.”

“Dongbu HiTek’s cutting-edge wafer processing technologies and high-volume production allow them to serve fabless companies, integrated device manufacturers and systems companies worldwide with great flexibility,” said John Zuk, vice president of marketing and strategy for Tanner EDA. “Their analog process has proven effective in reducing both manufacturing cost and time to market. Our continuing collaboration with this respected analog foundry is part of our commitment to delivering interoperability, productivity, and quicker design cycles to our customers.”

Availability of Foundry-certified AN180 PDK

The AN180 and jointly-developed AN180 PDK are available now. Joint development on additional foundry-certified PDKs for analog and custom design is ongoing.

About Tanner EDA

Tanner EDA provides of a complete line of software solutions that drive innovation for the design, layout and verification of analog and mixed-signal (A/MS) integrated circuits (ICs). Customers are creating breakthrough applications in areas such as power management, displays and imaging, automotive, consumer electronics, life sciences, and RF devices. A low learning curve, high interoperability, and a powerful user interface improve design team productivity and enable a low total cost of ownership (TCO). Capability and performance are matched by low support requirements and high support capability as well as an ecosystem of partners that bring advanced capabilities to A/MS designs.

Founded in 1988, Tanner EDA solutions deliver just the right mixture of features, functionality and usability. The company has shipped over 33,000 licenses of its software to more than 5,000 customers in 67 countries.

About Dongbu HiTek

As the World Leader in Specialty Foundry, Dongbu HiTek Co., Ltd. specializes in delivering superb analog and mixed-signal processing technologies. The leading specialty foundry adds high value to advanced ICs with a processing portfolio that encompasses Analog, BCDMOS, High Voltage CMOS, CMOS RF, CMOS Image Sensor (CIS), Display Driver IC (DDI), and NOR Flash technologies. The Analog POWERhouseTM company’s best-in-class BCDMOS technology enables power management chip designs that serve numerous applications ranging from home and handheld electronics to automotive and industrial systems. Currently processing technologies at nodes ranging from 0.35 microns to 90 nanometers, the company complements its world class foundry capabilities with top quality design support, prototype verification and packaging/module development. Headquartered in Seoul, Dongbu HiTek publicly trades its stock under 000990 on the Korea Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.dongbuhitek.com