At the CDNLive event in Santa Clara, CA, the Full Service Foundry division of ams and Sarda Technologies announced that ams is manufacturing Sarda’s advanced high-voltage CMOS drivers. This high-voltage CMOS driver plays a key role in Sarda’s Heterogeneous Integrated Power Stage (HIPS) technology. The Full Service Foundry division has now successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixed-signal foundry market. Its process technology portfolio includes 0.18µm and 0.35µm specialty technologies based on ams’ analog, mixed-signal, high-voltage, and RF processes.
Sarda Technologies is known for its disruptive power management components that reduce data center cost-per-workload by reducing power consumption. Energy efficiency has become the leading design criterion for applications that range from smartphones to servers. Sarda’s HIPS technology reduce cloud computing energy by 30% by enabling disruptive voltage regulators that have the lowest switching loss, fastest response, and smallest size in the industry. HIPS increases switching frequency by an order-of-magnitude to reduce the voltage regulator’s size and improve its transient response.
Sarda’s custom driver is currently being fabricated in ams’ 0.35-µm high-voltage CMOS specialty process, which allows the efficient integration of voltage domains ranging from 3 to 120V on a single monolithic IC.
“This relationship proves, that there are strong foundry partners for startups to leverage the extensive capabilities of foundries,” said Bob Conner, CEO and co-founder of Sarda. “ams is an excellent manufacturing partner. Their Full Service Foundry allowed us to develop a disruptive power management solution in a capital-efficient fashion, and their extensive value-added services allow small design teams to focus on developing differentiated IP.”
With its ‘More than Silicon’ initiative, ams offers a comprehensive service and technology package that goes beyond industry-standard foundry services. It includes leading-edge technology extensions such as 3D integration, using Through Silicon Vias, optical filters, back end process customization, 3D-WLCSP, and many more. Superior support during the design phase, high-end tools, experienced engineers, silicon-proven high-performance analog IP blocks, and assembly and test services for turnkey solutions complete the Full Service Foundry package.
“Sarda’s approach of integrating silicon ICs and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) demonstrates how product developers can use ‘More-than-Moore Scaling’ to significantly improve data center power management, performance and energy efficiency,” said Markus Wuchse, General Manager of ams Full Service Foundry division. “At ams, we are constantly engaging with innovative fabless start-ups to enable product releases in shortest times. Sarda is a perfect example for this cooperation model.”