LONDON Austriamicrosystems' full service foundry unit will manufacture its 10,000th device design via its multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttle service in the first quarter of 2005. The company will offer one MPW Shuttle participation in the first quarter of 2005 free of charge to the 10,000th device design.
The prototyping program was established in 1987 to enable fabless design houses to efficiently validate their designs prior to putting them into mass production at Austriamicrosystems. The scheduled, fast prototyping service provides customers with lower mask tooling costs as well as wafer costs by sharing these expenses with other companies.
The MPW Shuttle service now provides more then 50 start slots per year, either directly at Austriamicrosystems or via other wafer prototyping organizations.