- Customer-oriented. We focus our efforts on our customers’ needs, goals and expectations.
- Compliant. We aim for full compliance of our quality management system to the ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards.
- Value-adding. We balance our efforts according to the benefit and value achievable for our customers and our company.
- Robust. We always aim for robust solutions for quality assurance and control by means of a risk-based approach.
- Sustainable. We ensure that our measures to achieve and secure quality are sustainable.
- Integrated. We understand quality as an ongoing process that covers all the steps needed to develop, realize and maintain our technologies and services along their whole lifecycle.
- Validated. We base our judgments and decisions on rigorous data analysis and benchmarking.
- Continually improving. We actively strive for continuous improvement of all our processes.
Quality awareness and customer focus are key factors that determine the success of our business. We understand quality as an ongoing process that covers all the steps needed to develop, realize and maintain our technologies and services. Our ultimate goal is to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers through an adequate, stable and continually improving quality performance.
Markus Ackermann, Vice President Quality, X-FAB Group
- Quality policy
The quality of products and services we provide forms the foundation for our success. It is therefore our policy to deliver products and services that meet or exceed the expectations of our customers, through an adequate, stable and continually improving quality performance based on the following guiding principles, which reflect the context of our organization.
- EHS policy
Our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) policy is designed to ensure that all activities within the X-FAB Group are performed in a manner that considers the health and safety of our employees, contractors, suppliers, customers and the general public, with no adverse impact on the environment caused by our manufacturing operations and products. We operate an EHS management system that meets the needs of our stakeholders in the context of our organization and the requirements of ISO 14001, based on the following guiding principles.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Material declarations
In line with the Environmental, Health and Safety Policy of X-FAB, we are working continuously on the reduction of environmental impact via legal compliances.
It is X-FAB´s policy, that all purchased materials shall satisfy current government and safety constraints on restricted, toxic and hazardous materials; as well as environmental considerations applicable to the country of manufacture and sale.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
X-FAB hereby confirms that all its products supplied to its customers and/or its subsidiaries do not contain “intentionally introduced” lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) as defined in the regulations Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and all it’s amendments thereto.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
All products produced by X-FAB are classified as Articles and therefore will not need registration under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation EC/1907/2006.
X-FAB hereby confirms that all its products supplied to its customers and/or its subsidiaries do not contain:
- Any of the substances in the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). This includes the 211 substances announced by ECHA on 19 January 2021.
- Any of the substances mentioned in Annex XVII and XIV of REACH regulation.
Halogen Free (Bromine & Chlorine)
X-FAB hereby confirms that all its products supplied to its customers and/or its subsidiaries, does not contain any halogen (bromine and chlorine) as defined under IEC 61249-2-21.
Sourcing and usage of rare earth elements
X-FAB refers to rare earth elements as described in https://geology.com/articles/rare-earth-elements/. X-FAB declares that none of the wafers / products manufactured at all X-FAB sites contain rare earth elements. If traces of such elements are contained in supplied process chemicals, X-FAB will then take all necessary actions to secure worldwide supply within standard practices and legal requirements.
Sourcing materials from Conflict Regions
We, X-FAB group of companies are aware of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Wall Street Reform Act) requirements regarding the sourcing of metals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold) from conflict regions. All our X-FAB manufacturing sites will request, all our relevant suppliers to source for minerals from certified conflict-free smelters validated as compliant by RMAP (Responsible Minerals Assurance Process) protocol. X-FAB uses the list of compliant smelters available at the Responsibility Minerals Initiative website to verify that the smelter is RMAP conformant. This list is available on http://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org
According to the information collected from our suppliers, the minerals sourced from mines in conflict regions (Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighbouring countries), are certified to be conflict-free. As the list of RMAP Conformant Smelters is subject to change based on the supplier conformance and incorporation of new requirements, we will update our information from time to time. If we become aware that our supply chain includes minerals from DRC or adjoining countries, we will take prompt action to review such findings and to take the necessary actions, as appropriate.
For further information, please refer to the X-FAB Product Declaration
Integrated quality concept
According to ISO 9000, Quality is the degree to which a set of inherent characteristics of an object fulfills requirements.
At X-FAB, we understand quality as an ongoing process that covers all the steps needed to develop, realize and maintain our technologies and services along their whole lifecycle. This process is tailored to the following key results:
- Robust design: Built-in robustness and its validation are essential objectives of technology development at X-FAB. Beyond this, we actively support our customers in achieving these objectives for their products as well.
- Reliable technology: Our technologies are created and qualified according to stringent criteria that cover wide-ranging application requirements in terms of performance, operating conditions and lifetime.
- Quality control: The achievement of quality objectives in manufacturing needs to be measurable in order to generate quantitative assessments as a basis for highly effective and efficient quality control.
- Manufacturing excellence: We control and continually improve both productivity and quality in order to achieve excellence in manufacturing with highest quality standards.
- Advanced product quality planning
Our technology development procedure is in line with the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process. It includes different stages and release levels with defined quality criteria.
- Risk mitigation and safe launch
Along all stages of our technology development projects, we focus on early risk identification and mitigation, supported by a comprehensive application of the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Six Sigma (6σ) approaches. This process is continued as new technologies are transferred from development to production. To secure the manufacturing ramp-up of new products, we offer dedicated safe launch programs and services.
- Quality assurance and monitoring
Already during the development of new technologies, based on the identified risks and determined risk mitigation strategies, we define, validate and implement appropriate measures and criteria for quality assurance and monitoring in manufacturing, such as:
- In-process inspections and measurements
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Process Control Monitoring (PCM)
- Wafer Acceptance Testing (WAT)
- Outgoing inspections
- Fast Wafer Level Reliability (fWLR) monitoring and Reliability Conformance Testing (RCT)
The effectiveness and efficiency of these measures are continuously checked and optimized if necessary.
- Failure analysis and problem solving
To ensure fast learning from any quality failures that may occur in the development, qualification or manufacturing phase of a technology, comprehensive failure analytics capabilities are in place at our in-house failure analysis laboratories and in our network of proven external partners.
For further information, please download our X-FAB Failure Analysis Capabilities
Technical problems with the potential to affect quality need to be solved quickly, effectively and sustainably wherever they may occur. This requires the use of systematic and focused methods such as 8 Disciplines Problem Solving (8D), Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) or Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC). To ensure fluency in their application, these methods are key elements of our staff training programs. Lessons Learnt (LL) from successfully solved problems are directly recorded and actively shared throughout the company.
- Continual improvement and zero defects
Based on data and information collected during technology development and manufacturing as well as feedback from our customers, we achieve a steady enhancement of our competencies, capabilities and performance, resulting in continually improving quality.
Especially for automotive electronics, the aim for zero defects is of major importance, since it requires a consequent and consistent use of “best practices […] that are appropriate to drive to zero defects through the phases of process design, product design, production and product/manufacturing improvement” (AEC-Q004). Through a well-established zero defects mindset and framework, we turn innovative ideas into excellence in manufacturing.
- Process change management
To enable continual improvements and extensions of our manufacturing capacities and capabilities and to secure the longevity of our manufacturing processes, changes affecting materials, equipment, methods and technological/logistical aspects are necessary from time to time, which then need to be properly managed. The preparation, validation and implementation of process changes at X-FAB follow the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process and actively involve affected customers (if appropriate) in order to mitigate risks. We ensure a full traceability of relevant changes along the whole lifecycle of manufacturing processes.
- Multi-site manufacturing and consistent quality management
We have implemented and maintain a fully consistent quality management system across all our manufacturing sites (certified according to the IATF 16949 standard). This enables us to flexibly combine process capabilities and capacities at various sites in order to realize products with advanced functionalities.
- Reliability: Probability that a device will function without failure over a specified time period or amount of usage under stated conditions.
- Qualification: Process of demonstrating that an entity is capable of meeting or exceeding the specified requirements (JEDEC JEP148).
- Reliability qualification: Process of demonstrating that an entity is capable of meeting or exceeding the specified reliability requirements, usually by tests using accelerating conditions and proven models (JEDEC JEP148).
- Process and device reliability characterization
A comprehensive characterization of the reliability performance of technology elements, such as primitive devices, physical layers and functional IP, is part of our development procedure and provides the base for a quantitative description of the achievable reliability performance depending on product-specific mission profiles and failure criteria. Dedicated process reliability specification documents and an interactive lifetime simulator tool (RelXplorer) are accessible through our customer portal my X-FAB.
- Design for reliability and robustness
High manufacturability, reliability and robustness of our customers’ products are important to meet demanding quality objectives stably over a long period of time. That’s why we provide a variety of tools and contents to support our customers in achieving these requirements in product development and design, such as:
- Six Sigma process specification
- Monte Carlo simulation
- Lot-specific SPICE models
- Process corner models
- Process reliability specification
- Safe operating area check
- Design rule check
- Reliability design rules
- Reliability calculator (RelXplorer)
Our embeddable IP solutions for digital and memory applications are designed for manufacturability, reliability and robustness. They also include Design for Test (DfT) and Design for Analysis (DfA) features.
Many of these items are accessible through our customer portal my X-FAB.
- Reliability test methods
The methods we use in Reliability Qualification Testing (RQT) and Reliability Conformance Testing (RCT) follow industry standards and are supplemented by internal know-how. The following standards for reliability test methods in particular are considered at X-FAB, as far as applicable:
- JEDEC JEP001: Foundry Process Qualification Guidelines (Wafer Fabrication Manufacturing Sites)
- AEC-Q100: Failure Mechanism Based Stress Test Qualification for Integrated Circuits
- AEC-Q103: Failure Mechanism Based Stress Test Qualification for Sensors in Automotive Applications
- Robustness validation
Our technology qualification procedure goes beyond the demonstration of minimum reliability requirements, following the Robustness Validation approach, which is based on knowledge about reliability failure mechanisms. This includes stress testing to failure, analysis of obtained failures, determination of physics-of-failure and acceleration models as well as the evaluation of impacts of manufacturing process variability on functional and reliability performance (robustness margin analysis).
More than 25 years of track record as automotive foundry.
|X-FAB GMBH (Erfurt)||X-FAB Dresden||X-FAB Texas||X-FAB Sarawak||X-FAB France||X-FAB MEMS|
|Quality management systems for automotive suppliers|
|ISO/TS 16949 - First certification||Certified in|
|Certified in 2004-08||Certified in 2003-11||Certified in 2007-09||Certified in 2016-10||Certified in 2014-09||Certified in 2015-03|
|Certificate 2021-01||Certificate 2020-09||Certificate 2021-04||Certificate 2021-01||Certificate 2018-07||Certificate 2020-12||Certificate 2021-02|
|Environmental management system|
|ISO 14001 - First certification||Certified in|
|Certified in 2003-08||Certified in 2004-11||Certified in 2004-06||Certified in 1998-09||Certified in 2014-09||Certified in 2017-01|
|Current certificate ISO 14001:2015||Certificate 2021-01||Certificate 2021-01||Certificate 2021-01||Certificate 2021-01||Certificate 2019-11||Certificate 2021-01||Certificate 2020-03|
|Energy management system|
|Current certificate ISO 50001:2018||Certificate|
|Certificate 2020-05||n/a||n/a||Certificate 2019-10||Certificate 2020-07||n/a|
|Quality management system for medical suppliers|
|ISO 13485||Declaration of Compliance to ISO 13485|
Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certificates: X-FAB GMBH (Erfurt) | X-FAB Dresden | X-FAB MEMS Foundry GmbH | X-FAB MEMS Foundry Itzehoe
* The ISO/TS 16949 and IATF 16949 standard include the ISO 9001 standard. X-FAB is therefore automatically ISO 9001-compliant, and no additional certificate is required.
- Which kinds of technical support can I get from X-FAB as a customer?
Our customers’ needs, goals and expectations are in the focus of our quality process. We are therefore highly interested in cooperating with our customers and learning from them. We provide them with comprehensive technical support, which also covers quality-related topics such as product design robustness, reliability modeling and prediction, safe launch, product yield evaluation and improvement, implementation of customer-specific requirements, failure analysis and problem solving. This is completed by the possibility of holding regular joint business review meetings and realizing customized projects.
If you have any general questions, please use the contact form at the end of this page.
- How can I access quality-related data and information?
Our customers can access quality-related data and information through our customer portal my X-FAB. We provide further quality-related data and information on request in generic or customized formats.
- What can I expect from X-FAB in case of quality-related complaints or issues?
We have established a generic flow for handling quality issues or complaints reported by our customers. Following the 8 Disciplines Problem Solving (8D) approach, we ensure a detailed exchange and close collaboration with our customers from the reception of quality issue reports through all stages up to the closure of a case.
- As a customer, can I perform an audit at X-FAB to assess the performance of my supplier?
Our customers are invited to audit our manufacturing sites in preparation of new product installations and to regularly assess the fab performance and fulfillment of their requirements. Intended audits must be coordinated with X-FAB at least four weeks in advance.
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