China's power and analog semiconductor foundry maker CSMC has announced on the 2nd that its mass production of 600V Half Bridge High Voltage Gate Driver IC (HVIC) has reached more than 1,000 units a month and 10,000 units in total.
China's first half-bridge HIVC process mass production company, CSMC, said, "The number of exposed layers is low, and the stability has been increased through the precision process.” It also announced, "We have applied the HVIC process platform to design half bridge driver circuits such as LLC power supplies and motor drivers.”
"Due to differences between China's power semiconductors and overseas products, competition between low-end products is intense," a CSMC official said. "The products produced by the HVIC process have a lot of room for replacing the overseas products."
CSMC is one of the subsidiaries of China Resources Group (CR). The CR, a Hong Kong-based central enterprise, is engaged in a variety of businesses including food, power, medical, finance, and electricity. As of the end of 2017, the total assets amounted to about 200 trillion won (1.22 trillion yuan). The central enterprise is a state-owned enterprise directly managed by the State Council of China.
CRMicro (华润 微电子) is the general entity of the semiconductor business in CR. CRMicro's subsidiaries are in charge of design, mask production, foundry, package, and testing. It has five 200 and 150mm lines, two package and test lines, one mask production line, and three design companies.
CSMC is operating one 200mm line and two 150mm lines in Wuxi, Zhejiang. The production capacity of the 0.13 ~ 0.25 micrometer (μm) process 200mm line is 65,000 sheets per month, and the production capacity of 150mm line is 210,000 sheets per month.
In 2007, CR purchased 200mm line equipment at Hynix-ST Semiconductor’s Wuxi factory, a Chinese joint venture of Hynix (currently SK Hynix). After the merger and other group adjustments, it has been operating the Wuxi production line with the mission of CSMC.