Magnachip to Offer Enhanced 0.18um Embedded EEPROM Process Technology

MagnaChip to Offer Enhanced 0.18um Embedded EEPROM Process Technology for use in Touch Sensing Applications


SEOUL, South Korea and CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (“MagnaChip Semiconductor”) (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed signal semiconductor products, today announced that it now offers a high voltage option for its 0.18um embedded EEPROM technology. This enhanced process increases noise immunity by improving upon signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), a critical issue in touch sensing IC performance.

The latest trend in Smartphone and Tablet PC touch applications has been a move towards thinner designs. These smaller form factors often make the electronic circuitry more susceptible to internal and external electrical noise. The various sources of noise, particularly in mobile devices, include the close proximity of the various semiconductor components within the system, battery chargers and even external factors such as temperature and humidity. Unwanted electrical noise can generate spurious signals creating false touches in the sensing circuitry. MagnaChip’s process technology enhances the functionality and performance of these IC designs by improving the signal-to-noise characteristics.

MagnaChip’s new 0.18um embedded EEPROM process was developed utilizing high-voltage capacitors and 20V transistors. This was done without compromising the existing 0.18um EEPROM and logic characteristics making the process highly suitable for touch sensing IC applications. Looking ahead, MagnaChip also intends to develop a 30V process which is suitable for larger screen mobile applications. Delivery is targeted for 2013.

Namkyu Park, Vice President of MagnaChip’s Foundry Marketing commented, “We are very pleased to offer a high voltage option for our enhanced 0.18um embedded EEPROM technology. Our goal is to continue to develop competitive features that meet the increasing application specific needs of our foundry customers.”

About MagnaChip Semiconductor

Headquartered in South Korea, MagnaChip Semiconductor is a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for high volume consumer applications. MagnaChip believes it has one of the broadest and deepest range of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor platforms in the industry, supported by its 30-year operating history, a large portfolio of registered and pending patents and extensive engineering and manufacturing process expertise. For more information, please visit


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