July 28, 2016, anysilicon
If you have any doubts about your design functionality or performance, MPW service will help you lower the risk involved with a costly dedicated maskset. MPW process’s goal is to help customers get samples of their ASIC (or IP) before taping out using MLM or Full Maskset. The outcome of MPW process is bare dies, with the number of dies varying between the different fabs and process nodes. The MPW maskset consists of various projects from different customers. Distributing the maskset price among projects drive the cost down, the typical price of MPW shuttle is 90% of full maskset price.
MPW shuttle starts on specific dates. Ask your fab about MPW schedules and how often it occurs.