Bringing ideas to life

LFoundry is the customer-specific manufacturer of choice for analog, mixed-signal and specialized technologies worldwide.

Company

From the heart of ancient Europe, LFoundry, a SMIC majority-owned company, provides innovative solutions that reach all around the world, breathing life into our customers’ visions. Fully committed to finding the best solutions to satisfy every specific necessity, LFoundry creates innovation to bring our partners’ projects to life. When it comes to transforming innovation into reality, this is what makes LFoundry a world-class player.
Our leading and highly specialised foundry has an advanced 200mm manufacturing fab and proprietary technologies at 150 ans 110 nm nodes, with MPW and MLM services available. We provide special capabilities and knowhow for CMOS Image Sensors through CIS optimised processes down to 90nm, as well as Back Side Illumination technology, Secure Microcontrollers, Smart Power, and CMOS-MEMS Integration.

Key Data

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Avezzano (Italy):

Company Headquarter;

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Landshut (Germany):

Sales, Marketing and R&D

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Japan / USA:

Representative Office

$225Mlnimage

Revenue

1500+image

Employees

40kimage

Capacity wafer per month

  • Fab Capability

    Smallest CD 65nm; 90nm Volume Production, Al and Cu Metallization

  • Available Logic Platforms

    CMOS 150nm and 110nm with a large portfolio of process-proven libraries, IP, design tools and reference flows

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Business Model

  • Innovative in technology, partnership-and supply-models in secure environment.

  • CUSTOMER TECHNOLOGY

    Adopting customer technology and customizing foundry technology

  • JOINT TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

    Technology development and production partnership

  • OPEN FOUNDRY

    Design environments and wafer fabrication based on advanced analogue/mixed signals technology

Dedicated foundry at Avezzano

In Avezzano (AQ- Italy), LFoundry is enabling innovation worldwide. We have a continuous commitment to guaranteeing a secure environment in which our customers can realise their ideas to the highest standard, relying on LFoundry as an indispensable partner to unleash their full potential.
Since 2006, Avezzano site (former Micron Technology) has been manufacturing customer imaging process technologies and products using 180nm to 90nm technologies at the 200mm, including a volume copper, Back End of Line (BEOL), Back Side Illumination processes (BSI) and extensive testing capabilities.
The Fab provides automotive ISO-TS16949 certification as well as OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001.

  1. production: Foundry

    LFoundry becomes a SMIC majority-owned company.

  2. production: Foundry

    Avezzano become LFoundry headquarter.

  3. production: Foundry

    leveraged buy out from Micron.

  4. production: Imager

    Aptina Imaging created as spin-off of Micron Technology's Image Sensor Division.
    Avezzano become captive foundry of Aptina Imaging

  5. production: DRAM & Imager

    a perfect ramp on imager, unique Micron site for Imager products.

  6. production: DRAM & Imager

    image sensor line installation.

  7. production: DRAM

    record efficiency and stability.

  8. production: DRAM

    record out and yeld.

  9. production: DRAM

    completed 8 inch conversion & capacity ramp.

  10. production: DRAM

    acquired by Micron Technology.

  11. production: DRAM

    8 inch mini line installed.

  12. production: DRAM

    Site founded, 6 inch, the biggest European fab at that time.

Board of Directors

  • Tzu-Yin Chiu

    Tzu-Yin Chiu

    Chairman

     

    Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu joined SMIC as CEO and Executive Director in 2011. He is also a director of most of SMIC's subsidiaries. Dr. Chiu is a semiconductor industry veteran with 30 years of experience spanning technology research, business development, operations and corporate management.

    Prior to joining SMIC, Dr. Chiu was President and CEO of Hua Hong NEC. He has served in executive positions across the semiconductor industry, including as President and COO of Silterra Malaysia, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hua Hong International Management and President of Hua Hong Semiconductor International, Senior Vice President of Shanghai Operations at SMIC, and Senior Director of Fab Operations at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). He began his career in the United States at AT&T Bell Laboratories, rising to become the department head of its High Speed Electronics Research Department and Silicon Research Operations Department. Dr. Chiu holds a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an executive MBA from Columbia University. A senior member of the IEEE, Dr. Chiu holds forty semiconductor technology patents issued in various countries, and has published over thirty technical articles. He is also a board member of GSA.

  • Sergio Galbiati

    Sergio Galbiati

    Vice-Chairman

     

    Sergio completed his degree in Physics in 1976 at the University of Milan and began working in the semiconductor industry in 1977, in SGS-Thompson (current ST Microelectronics). In 1989 he moved to Texas Instruments, being part of the project to start-up the new Avezzano’s fab. He became responsible of the Operation in 1993. In 1998 he assumed the role of General Manager of the Abruzzo site, after the site acquisition by Micron Technology. In April 2010, Sergio becomes the Country Manager of Micron in Italy, which was present in five Italian regions with Operations, Business Units, R&D and support activities.

    Since May 2013 he is appointed as President of LFoundry Italy and Co-CEO. Sergio trusts in the Company Social Responsibility conceived as the mutual interaction between the company and the local area to foster the competitiveness of the area in the global arena. On the latest few years he accepted the challenge of covering the position of President of the local Industry Association (Confindustria) and he is the person that envisioned the creation of the ICT Innovation Pole today active in the area.

    Since July 2016 he is appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Board at LFoundry, a SMIC Company.

  • Günther Ernst

    Günther Ernst

    CEO

     

    Günther Ernst completed his engineering degree at the University of Applied Science in Regensburg, Germany and began his professional career in the semiconductor industry as litho engineer at Hitachi. He has now more than 15 years experience in a variety of engineering and management positions. He is an effective leader with proven success in quality, cost-reduction, and lean management. His special process engineering expertise is in litho and CMP. He was driving continuous improvement programs for manufacturing methodology such as cycle time reduction (speed of the lots through the line) and introduction of one of the first automation systems for a 200mm fab. He is co-editor of several papers regarding advanced process control (APC).

    In 2008 he took over the responsibility of Vice President Operation at LFoundry, which includes production, engineering and facility. In 2011 he became member of the management board and holds the position of the Chief Operations Officer (COO). Since November 2012 he is appointed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LFoundry.

    Since July 2016 he is appointed as CEO at LFoundry, a SMIC Company.

  • Jason Li

    Jason Li

    Member of the board

     

    Mr. Li, joined SMIC in March 2013 as Vice President, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in November 2014. He is currently responsible for overseeing general administration, public affairs, legal and human resources. He has over 30 years of engineering, management and operations experience in the electronics and semiconductor industry. In his previous roles, he was the Deputy-Director Secretary of the President’s office of the China Electronic Information Industry Group, Deputy-Director Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics Industry, head of General Management Department at Beijing Hua Hong NEC IC Design Co. Ltd., President’s Assistant and head of administrative legal department of Beijing Hua Hong IC Design Co. Ltd., Board Secretary of Hua Hong Semiconductor Company (Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co. Ltd.), Director of the Board Office (Board Secretary) of Shanghai Hua Hong (Group) Co. Ltd., Executive Vice President, Board Member and CEO of Shanghai Belling Co. Ltd., Vice President of Shanghai Integrated Circuit Industry Association. Mr. Li holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an EMBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also serves as the Vice President of the China Electronic Information Association.

  • Gareth Kung

    Gareth Kung

    Member of the board

     

    Mr. Gareth Kung joined SMIC in July 2012. He works as Executive Vice President, Investment and Strategic Business Development and Finance and Company Secretary. Mr. Kung has over 25 years’ work experience working as a chief financial officer in publicly listed companies, private equity investment manager, banker and auditor. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Kung worked at SMIC as the Group Treasurer and Group Controller and from July 2012 to February 2014 as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kung holds a MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the National University of Singapore. Mr. Kung is a Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore and a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mission, Vision, Values

These are the words we chose to name our spirit and introduce LFoundry to the world. This is what we are, where we go, what we do and how we do it. Put simply, this is us.

Vision

Enabling innovation worldwide

Mission

We create innovative solutions to bring our customers’ vision to life, shaping strong partnerships in a highly secure environment

Values

Resilience

Resilience expresses the ability to go up against significant change and come out victorious.

Rooted in LFoundry’s history, this value lays a strong foundation for the company to overcome the technological and circumstantial challenges of the future.

Initiative

LFoundry promotes a spirit of initiative to find high-performance solutions.

Driven by creativity to create value for and with its customers, making the right decisions at the right time.

Fairness

LFoundry works alongside its customers to create tailor-made solutions, establishing highly collaborative relationships founded on its dignity and integrity as a technology partner.

Security

A continuous commitment to guaranteeing a secure environment in which customers can realise their ideas to the highest standard, trusting in LFoundry as a valued partner to unleash their full potential.

Embodies the concept of protection, both in terms of the products themselves and the intellectual property rights associated with them.

Interdependence

Conveys the ideas of interdependence and cooperation, specifically in the foundry-customer interrelationship, in individual work teams and between each member of LFoundry’s workforce.

This value underlines the importance of the single parts of a larger system comprised of the foundry, its customers and its employees, simultaneously evoking their connection to the working process with a view to reaching a common goal.

Our network

We think that the growth of our company cannot be independent from the competitiveness of the territories where we have some interest. Furthermore, since we are a true globalized world, synergies among territories are important in order to grow all together improving the ability to serve the customers and to contribute to the societal challenges ultimately. LFoundry aims to be a leading foundry through committed membership to committees and organisations, strengthening growth in the semiconductor and electronics industry, as well as constructing new partnerships through dedicated networking and relationship-building.

LFoundry is everywhere

We are currently experiencing incredible progress in all kinds of detector/sensor technologies. All of these advances offer unparalleled possibilities to enrich the lives of people around the world while generating growth and opportunity throughout the global economy, but none of this would be possible without the most fundamental building block of the modern age: the semiconductor; the core material of the digital world.

In this context, LFoundry provides special capabilities and know-how for a vast range of applications including but not limited to:

Smart Power

Applications:

  • PMIC / PMU
  • Motor / LED Drivers o Discrete
  • RF/Audio

Sensors

Applications:

  • Gas Sensors
  • Pressure Sensors

Integrated Touch Display Controllers

Applications:

  • LCD Drivers
  • Integrated Display Controllers

Imaging (CMOS Image Sensors)

Applications:

  • Automotive cam (ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance) o Industrial (Machine Vision),
  • Medical (Medical Imaging),
  • Safety (ADAS),
  • Security (Surveillance Systems)
  • Knowledge (Scientific and Space Imaging)

Secure Microcontrollers

Applications:

  • Smartcards
  • SIM cards