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X-FAB Selects Methodics Solution to Achieve Scalability and Design Quality Goals

Daniel Nenni

Staff member
Decision Criteria Included Collaboration Between Global Design Centers

San Francisco, CA, November 19, 2019 – Methodics Inc, the leader in Intellectual Property Lifecycle Management (IPLM) and traceability solutions for semiconductor design, today announced that X-FAB has selected the Methodics solution to improve the collaboration of IP designs and the quality of design data between global design centers.

X-FAB is the world’s largest analog/mixed-signal foundry group, manufacturing silicon wafers for mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). Its network and client base span the Americas, Europe, and Asia, offering manufacturing capacity of approximately 1.2 million 200mm-equivalent wafers per year. As the largest specialty fab group, X-FAB is unlike typical foundry services because of its specialized expertise in advanced analog and mixed-signal process technologies.

“With six worldwide manufacturing sites and a commitment to be the foundry of choice for the analog world by focusing on innovative solutions and manufacturing excellence, it is important for us to have traceability and accountability for all the data in our designs and to be able to collaborate easily between all our design teams and manufacturing sites with confidence,” said Jörg Doblaski, Director of Design Support, X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries. “With its technology and experience at helping other global companies achieve their scalability and trusted data goals, Methodics was the obvious choice for us.”

To ensure best quality and reliability performance of all its technologies, X-FAB has adopted an integrated, process-oriented approach in which quality is considered as a built-in product feature. The X-FAB Quality Management System emphasizes quality within every process, and at every stage of design and development through manufacturing, starting with the design data itself.

After looking at various possible solutions to replace an internal data management system, and after completing a thorough evaluation, X-FAB chose the Methodics solution to be an important element of its overall Quality Management System.

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X-FAB is the leading analog/mixed-signal and MEMS foundry group manufacturing silicon wafers for automotive, industrial, consumer, medical and other applications. Its customers worldwide benefit from the highest quality standards, manufacturing excellence and innovative solutions by using X-FAB’s modular CMOS and SOI processes in geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13 µm, and its special SiC and MEMS long-lifetime processes. X-FAB’s analog-digital integrated circuits (mixed-signal ICs), sensors and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are manufactured at six production facilities in Germany, France, Malaysia and the U.S. X-FAB employs about 4,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit
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