ST invented the BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) technology - revolutionary at the time - in the mid-eighties and has continually developed it ever since. BCD is a family of silicon processes, each of which combines the strengths of three different process technologies onto a single chip.
The best for analog functions.
The best for digital processing.
For power and high voltage elements.
This combination of technologies brings many advantages: improved reliability, reduced electromagnetic interference and smaller chip area.
In May 2021, BCD was honored with the prestigious IEEE milestone for ST’s historical “Multiple Silicon Technologies on a Chip” achievement. The IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing program honors significant technical achievements in all areas associated with IEEE.
Milestones recognize the technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity found in unique products, services, seminal papers, and patents.
SGS (now STMicroelectronics) pioneered the super-integrated silicon-gate process combining Bipolar, CMOS, and DMOS (BCD) transistors in single chips for complex, power-demanding applications. The first BCD super-integrated circuit, named L6202, was capable of controlling up to 60V-5A at 300 kHz. Subsequent automotive, computer, and industrial applications extensively adopted this process technology, which enabled chip designers flexibly and reliably to combine power, analog, and digital signal processing.
With know-how in process development and chip production honed over more than two decades, ST offers a unique range of BCD process technologies, each addressing specific application needs, with an optimal trade-off between functionality, performance and cost.
With its unique technical knowledge based on more than two decades of experience in the field, ST provides unrivaled technical support in order to guarantee the best BCD experience to its customers.
The offer is divided into two types of BCD process:
They are being tested approved accross a best in class design process.
The next generation of BCD technologies.
ST has the capability to customize its BCD technologies to optimally address the most demanding markets, including automotive, aerospace and certain segments of the industrial market. By taking into account all of the specificities of the targeted application from the earliest development stages,
ST can offer tailor-made solutions to its customers. Capitalizing on the strong synergy between technology, design and application, ST has also developed a rich set of development tools to aid in the design process for customers, allowing fast introduction of powerful and robust products to the market.