Multi-project wafer (MPW) runs: These are fabrication runs that occur roughly every two months with a design submission deadline specified in advance. Only a limited set of process options are available in MPW runs, which are designed to be compatible with other projects submitted in the same run.
To address the need for customizations and flexible timelines, we offer dedicated runs. These are fabrication runs that are dedicated to your project's requirements and occur independently of the MPW runs. To begin the process for a dedicated run, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your project requirements and prepare a proposal and quotation for your consideration.
The Design Verification Tool is an online design rule check (DRC) that all MPW designs are required to pass before an order can be submitted. Detailed instructions on how to use the online DRC tool can be found here.
Yes, we do optical and SEM imaging at many points throughout the fabrication process for quality control purposes.
The expected delivery time for MPW projects usually scales according to the complexity of the chip. Typically we aim for:
Turnaround time for dedicated projects is heavily dependent on the requirements of the run. For instance, the use of standard processes will reduce the amount of non-recurring engineering (NRE) work required, which will accelerate delivery. The timeline for delivery will be indicated in the project quotation.
When a design is submitted to us online, it is temporarily stored on cloud hosting space that we lease from Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the United States. Once all designs for a particular run have been submitted, the designs are moved securely from cloud hosting to physical hard drives located at the offices of Applied Nanotools in Edmonton, Canada. The design may be archived on these hard drives for as long as two years for troubleshooting/future reference by the customer, but can be removed at any time by request.
We treat any designs that we receive as confidential material. The only third-party entities that we may disclose portions of your design to are the following:
To mitigate the risk of unauthorized third-party disclosure of designs, we use industry-grade security practices such as: SSL/TLS encryption for file transfers, no storage of plain-text passwords, use of web frameworks with regular security updates, etc.