MLM (Multi-Layer Mask) or MLR (Multi-Layer Reticle) services help reduce the tape out NRE cost
MLM (Multi-Layer Mask) or MLR (Multi-Layer Reticle) services help reduce the tapeout NRE cost (compared to full mask set cost). This method allows combining up to 4 masks into one reticle, hence reducing the total number of masks that need to be created. The number of masks per reticle depends on die size, process complexity and scribe line width.
Foundry customers benefit from:
- Flexible tape out at any time
- Reduced NRE costs during product development phase
- Increased number of prototypes compared to MPW participation
- Mitigated development risks/costs as project funding often depends on 1st prototypes’ performance