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What is a Technology Foundry?

A Technology Foundry combines an agile development laboratory with a volume production fab to provide customers with Innovation Engineering Services which support advanced process development activities for an increasingly diverse field of high technology devices. This combination benefits customers that seek to develop technology and products at the pace of CMOS fab operations as well as those that seek custom services they don’t have access to elsewhere. For customers that require support in both areas, SkyWater can rapidly transition newly developed processes to high yielding volume production in the same facility without the time it would otherwise take to transfer to production in a different fab. This unique combination of capabilities with a focus on services provides an edge for innovators and enables SkyWater to serve as their Trusted Innovation Partner.

A New Model for a New Era

As transistor node shrinking has slowed, along with an explosion in device topologies, technology leadership is now defined over a broad range of capabilities beyond the smallest geometries. This growing diversity of devices in new dimensions of innovation creates a need for custom process development and business services to support customers working to develop the technologies of the future. SkyWater is organized as a Technology Foundry to address these customer needs in a time when technology development is accelerating like never before.

New Technologies Need A Different Foundry Model

With the slowing of node shrinking and explosion in device topologies, technology leadership is now defined over a broad range of factors beyond the smallest geometries. This growing diversity of devices in new dimensions of innovation creates a need for custom process development and business services to support customers doing new things. SkyWater is organized around these very customer needs in the post-Moore’s Law era and is defining the new Technology Foundry category.

A New Model for a New Era

As transistor node shrinking has slowed, along with an explosion in device topologies, technology leadership is now defined over a broad range of capabilities beyond the smallest geometries. This growing diversity of devices in new dimensions of innovation creates a need for custom process development and business services to support customers working to develop the technologies of the future. SkyWater is organized as a Technology Foundry to address these customer needs in a time when technology development is accelerating like never before.

New Technologies Need A Different Foundry Model

With the slowing of node shrinking and explosion in device topologies, technology leadership is now defined over a broad range of factors beyond the smallest geometries. This growing diversity of devices in new dimensions of innovation creates a need for custom process development and business services to support customers doing new things. SkyWater is organized around these very customer needs in the post-Moore’s Law era and is defining the new Technology Foundry category.

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About SkyWater

SkyWater is the most advanced U.S.-based and solely U.S.-owned, DMEA accredited pure play Technology Foundry, specializing in advanced Innovation Engineering Services and volume manufacturing of a wide variety of differentiated integrated circuits (ICs). SkyWater supports customers developing and manufacturing ICs in various markets including: aerospace and defense, automotive, computing & cloud, consumer, industrial, and medical. As the pioneer of the Technology Foundry model, SkyWater is the Trusted Innovation Partner for technologies of the future, specializing in co-creating advanced, scalable solutions in a production environment with mixed-signal CMOS as well as superconducting, photonic and carbon nanotube technologies. With decades of site heritage as an innovation service provider, SkyWater helps customers efficiently develop and quickly scale their next-generation products.

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An Edge for Innovators
  1. Go to market fast: The right-size to develop and ramp to production in same facility
  2. Industry expertise: An accomplished industry leadership team
  3. IP security: The only solely U.S.-owned and operated pure-play foundry; DMEA Accredited
  4. Innovating with technologies of tomorrow: Superconductivity, photonics, carbon nanotubes, high performance mixed-signal
  5. Guidance to develop new pathways: Innovation Engineering Services for new or custom flows
An Edge for Innovators
  1. Go to market fast: The right-size to develop and ramp to production in same facility
  2. Highly competent: An accomplished industry leadership team
  3. IP security: The only solely U.S.-owned and operated pure-play foundry; DMEA Accredited
  4. Innovating with technologies of tomorrow: Superconductivity, photonics, carbon nanotubes, high performance mixed-signal
  5. Guidance to develop new pathways: Innovation Engineering Services for new or custom flows
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A Heritage of Technology Leadership

SkyWater is building from a long heritage in the microelectronics industry. The SkyWater facility was originally established by Minnesota based Control Data Corporation (CDC) in the 1980s. The CDC fab was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor in 1991. During the Cypress era, the facility was expanded and upgraded multiple times, keeping pace with Moore's Law into the late 2000s and was known for being a US-based production facility that was competitive with Asian based fabs. SkyWater spun-off from Cypress in 2017 with private equity backing from Minnesota based Oxbow Industries.

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Our company name, SkyWater, represents and is derived from the name of our home state, “Minnesota,” based on the Dakota Sioux word "Mnisota" (the native name for the Minnesota River), meaning "sky-tinted water." Our logo draws influences from the geography of Minnesota and the wafer manufacturing SkyWater specializes in.

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