Wave Research, Inc. (AWRa) and WIN Semiconductors Corporation (WIN) today announced the immediate availability of a process design kit (PDK) supporting WIN's power pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor (pHEMT) gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry process. The PDK provides monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) engineers using AWR's Microwave Officea 2002 design software, with an advanced circuit simulation and layout environment for designing with WIN's state-of-the-art 0.15-micron process. Applications for these designs range from broadband communication, optical fiber communications, automobile radar, and homeland security systems.
WIN Semiconductors is a leading pure-play and dedicated GaAs radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) and MMIC foundry service provider. "In today's fierce competitive market, time-to-market is very critical for our customers," said DP Mathes, vice president of WIN sales and marketing. "AWR's Alliance Program provides the venue for a sustained effort to dramatically accelerate time-to-market and reduce product development costs for our customers. The new kit will greatly enhance product design success from our existing customers and accelerate WIN's design capture rate."
The PDK offers automatic layout with design rule check, pop-up help tips, and scalable models for pHEMT cells and passive components fabricated with the advanced wafer process at WIN. A menu driven cell library is incorporated with transistor models covering a wide range of gate periphery. A complex scaling rule embedded in the model fosters high accuracy confirmed through power load/pull measurement up to millimeter-wave frequencies. The ease of use and maintenance greatly saves the RF and MMIC engineers' time and money over previous methods of administering raw foundry standard cell models. WIN is extending this PDK development to other production processes that include the HBT, the 0.5 um pHEMT, the 0.5 um pHEMT Switch, the 0.5 um E-mode pHEMT, and the 0.15um MHEMT.
AWR is a leading supplier of high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA) solutions for the design of wireless and wire-line applications. "We are very pleased to be working with a leading-edge foundry such as WIN," said Ron Patston, vice president of sales at AWR. "By working together we are providing our joint customers with an unparalleled design process that will significantly improve productivity through increased accuracy and integration."
Price and Availability
The PDKs and associated library cells and models are free of charge to WIN's foundry and AWR's Microwave Office design suite users. They can be downloaded at www.winfoundry.com
About WIN Semiconductors Corporation
WIN Semiconductors Corporation is a leading pure-play and dedicated GaAs RFIC/MMIC foundry service provider with an advanced 6-inch wafer fab. The facility is ISO9001/QS9000/ISO14001/OHSAS18001 certified. WIN offers a wide spectrum of technologies for applications from 800 MHz to 100 GHz, including HBT, pHEMT, Switch and MHEMT. WIN Semiconductors has been established for more than two years with a proven track record of producing high performance RFICs and MMICs for its customers in various industries from cellular handsets and wireless LANs to satellite communications and automotive radar MMICs. WIN customers include major IDM, fabless design and module/system companies. WIN is headquartered at No. 69, Technology 7th Road, Hwaya Technology Park, Kuei Shan Hsiang, Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan, Republic of China. Visit WIN website for more information.
About Applied Wave Research, Inc.
Applied Wave Research was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in El Segundo, California. The company is a supplier of high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA) products for the design of wireless telecommunications equipment, semiconductors, high-speed computers, networking systems, and a variety of other electronics-based products. AWR has sales offices, training centers, and distributors worldwide. For more information about the company and its products, please visit or call 310-726-3000
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