Electronics & Computers

Forza and TowerJazz Continue Partnership

November 14, 2013

The joint effort combines Forza’s CMOS image sensor design expertise with TowerJazz’s specialty process technologies to fulfill customer time-to-market requirements.

IRVINE, CA -- Forza Silicon Corp., a fabless mixed-signal semiconductor company, and Tower Semiconductor Ltd., the global specialty foundry, announced at the TowerJazz 8th annual U.S. Technical Global Symposium, their continued strategic partnership to design and produce mixed-signal and image sensor chips using TowerJazz's process and design technology capabilities.

The announcement highlights an existing 11-year relationship between the two companies, during which Forza Silicon has successfully completed several developments employing TowerJazz's processes. Recent developments include the following:

  • 133 Mpixel, 60 FPS image sensor
  • Low-power global shutter SOC imager
  • Family of sensors for dental X-ray
  • Small-size endoscopy sensor
  • High-speed global shutter sensor

Forza Silicon designs custom CMOS image sensors, which comprises TowerJazz's Advanced Photo Diode (APD) pixel IP, and uses its Fab2, 0.18-micron process technology. The APD technology used in these CMOS image sensors enables improved optical and electrical performance of ultra-small pixels utsing deep sub-micron process technologies, thus enabling the manufacturing of small, cost-effective image sensor solutions.

"We joined TowerJazz's Design Center Program several years ago and have seen significant efficiencies since we've aligned our business processes to meet the time-to-market requirements of our customers," said Dr. Barmak Mansoorian, Forza Silicon President. "This partnership is a natural complement to our business model of providing end-to-end design engineering and manufacturing services from circuit design through to production testing."

"We are excited to work with partners such as Forza Silicon who have proven to be true innovators in the CMOS image sensor field," said Dr. Avi Strum, VP & General Manager, CMOS Sensors Business Unit, VP Sales, Europe. "Forza Silicon's great depth of talent and proven ability to work closely with a customer on an idea, collaborate on a design, and follow through to volume production is critical to deliver advanced solutions. Together, we are committed to producing innovative, cutting-edge products for a variety of applications."

About Forza Silicon
Forza Silicon Corp. is a privately held fabless semiconductor company, specializing in analog/mixed signal and CMOS image sensor designs. Forza's Custom IC Design and Integrated Production Services model offers select customers a complete end-to-end solution from circuit design to the delivery of highly reliable production parts. Our consultative approach with clients, deep understanding of CMOS image technology, and proven design process minimizes risk and reduces production costs while providing state-of-the-art designs that accelerate time-to-market.

About TowerJazz
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated circuits, offering a broad range of customizable process technologies, including SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RFCMOS, CMOS image sensor, power management (BCD), and MEMS capabilities. TowerJazz also provides a world-class design enablement platform that enables a quick and accurate design cycle. In addition, TowerJazz provides technology optimization process services to IDMs and fabless companies that need to expand capacity. TowerJazz offers multi-fab sourcing with two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S., and one in Japan.

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