TowerJazz, a specialty foundry leader, announced it was selected by Toppan Technical Design Center Co. Ltd. (TDC) as its preferred specialty foundry supplier. TowerJazz has successfully engaged in multiple specialty design projects in Japan with TDC in the area of Silicon Germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS technologies used for high speed RF applications. This partnership enables TowerJazz to strengthen its penetration in the Japanese market, particularly TDC’s customers targeting RF, high speed analog, power management, high voltage, CMOS image sensors and MEMS. According to Gartner, the market for foundry services in Japan is expected to grow to $1.3 B in 2012.

Additionally, TDC was selected by TowerJazz as an official design center partner in Japan. This distinction applies to companies that achieve the highest standards of knowledge and experience on at least one TowerJazz specialty process technology and associated design enablement models and tools as well as deliver successful designs with high levels of customer satisfaction. This agreement enables TDC’s diverse customer base greater access to TowerJazz’s specialty process technologies, its technical support and manufacturing capacity.

“We are very pleased with the depth and breadth of the TowerJazz specialty process technologies and accuracy of their design enablement models and tools,” said Kaname Arai, TDC President and CEO. “This agreement strengthens our relationship and enables improved specialty technology solutions for the Japanese market.”

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with TDC,” said Ori Galzur, Vice President, VLSI Design Center at TowerJazz. “Combining their design expertise and experience with our leading specialty technologies will allow us to jointly increase our market opportunity in Japan.”