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 and 110 nm nodes, with MPW and MLM services available. We provide special capabilities and know-how for CMOS Image Sensors through CIS optimised processes down to 90nm, as well as Back Side Illumination technology. We also provide excellent technology support for Optoelectronics such as SiPM, SPAD, X-Ray, as well as for DBI Bonding (3D-Stacking) and Smart Power and a vast range of applications for the automotive, industrial, medical, security, science and space imaging industries.

Key Data

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Avezzano (Italy):

Company Headquarter;

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Landshut (Germany):

Sales, Marketing and R&D

$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 Company provides automotive IATF 16949 and ISO9001 quality management system certifications as well as OHSAS 18001 certification for health and safety management system and ISO 14001 certification for environmental management system.

  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

  • Haijun Zhao

    Haijun Zhao

    Chairman

     

    Dr. Haijun Zhao joined SMIC in October 2010 and was named Vice President of 300mm Operation Center and, later, Vice President of North Operations in September 2011.

    In April, 2013, he became Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company. And in July, 2013, he also took the role of General Manager of Semiconductor Manufacturing North China (Beijing) Corporation (SMNC), the joint venture company established in Beijing and a subsidiary of the Company.

    On May 10, 2017, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

    Dr. Zhao received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and MBA from the University of Chicago. He has 25 years of experience in semiconductor operations and technology development. Dr. Zhao has also served as an independent director on the board of directors of Zhejiang Juhua Co., Ltd., a company which is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, since November 2016.

  • 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 graduated from the University of Applied Science in Regensburg, Germany. With more than 20years of experienced focus in the semiconductor industry, he began his professional carrier in the IC industry at Hitachi Semiconductor as equipment engineer in litho.

    During his time in Hitachi, later Renesas, he held different managerial positions in process - and equipment engineering as well as in production. He also became co-editor of several papers regarding advanced process control (APC).

    In 2008 he was promoted to Vice President Operation at LFoundry, in line with the management buy-out from Renesas, followed by the promotion to Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, continuous improvement were accomplished on technology portfolio build up, quality enhancement, productivity increase as well as cost control.

    Effective on Nov 2012, he was appointed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LFoundry.

    In July 2016 his appointment to CEO was reconfirmed by the Board of 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.

  • Bruce Yu

    Bruce Yu

    Member of the board

     

    Bruce Yu, graduated from the Institute of Chemistry at Taiwan University. With more than 20 years of experience focus on semiconductor manufacturing, he began his career in IC industry at VIS (Vanguard International Semiconductor) as a process engineer in diffusion module.

    Sep. 2002, his job was rotated to process integration for DRAM products and became the department head of Memory process integration in 2005.

    In 2006, he joined the start-up team of Fab8 (12" fab in Shanghai), in charge of PIE department; in 2009, transferred to S1 (8" Mega fab in Shanghai) as deputy director and later promoted to fab director in 2011 and operation VP in 2013.

    Under his leadership, continuous improvements were accomplished on technology portfolio build up, quality enhancement, productivity breakthrough and operation cost control, which led S1 a true flagship Fab in SMIC and the largest Logic Fab in China.

    Effective on Aug. 1st, 2017, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and appointed as the Head of South Operations in SMIC.

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

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. Being part of SMIC a multinational company, we will foster innovation continuously and actively carry out product technology R&D, increasing productivity and optimizing work procedures.

Fairness

LFoundry takes the initiative to understand customer’s needs (both internal and external) to create tailor-made solutions, establishing highly collaborative relationships and a long term win-win partnership, founded on its dignity and integrity as a partner. We will be honest, defend important principles, commit to our words, and be responsible towards how our behavior influences the company and society.

Quality & Security

We will conform to quality standards and carry out each task with a mindset on total employee participation, putting quality first and continual improvements. We also have a continuous commitment to guaranteeing a secure environment in which customers can realize their ideas to the highest standard, trusting in LFoundry as a valued partner to unleash their full potential.

Resilience through execution

Rooted in LFoundry’s history, these factors express the concept of resilience underlining the ability to interpret the context, go across significant change and come out victorious. This value lays a strong foundation for the company to overcome the technological and circumstantial challenges of the future. Through resilience the company can adapt itself at the context, elaborating standardized processes and creating strict disciplines. We will meet our goals through rigorous planning, efficient execution, detailed follow-up, and timely problem resolution, keeping in mind the environmental changes.

Interdependence

Conveys the ideas of interdependence and cooperation, specifically in the foundry-customer interrelationship, in individual work teams and between each member of Foundry's workforce. Company goals will be achieved by cooperation between disciplines, all taking the proper ownership and accountability while understanding each other’s role and challenges for success. 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 goals.

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.

Moreover, inspired by the principles of responsibility, sustainability and humanism, the Hubruzzo Foundation (Responsible Industry Foundation) was born on February 5, 2018. The founding members of the Hubruzzo Foundation are LFoundry (Sergio Galbiati), Valagro (Ottorino La Rocca), Proger (Umberto Sgambati), Almacis (Enrico Marramiero), Honda Europe (Marcello Vinciguerra), Tecnomatic (Giuseppe Ranalli) e Zecca Energia (Gennaro Zecca). Sergio Galbiati, LFoundry vice Chairman, has been appointed as President of the Foundation.

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:

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)

Smart Power

Applications:

  • PMIC / PMU
  • Motor / LED Drivers or Discret
  • RF/Audio

Automotive

Applications:

  • Driver
  • MCU
  • Interfaces
  • Imager (Visible, NFIR, TOF, SPAD)