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8 December 2009


AWR offers upgraded PDKs for UMS PH15 and PH25 GaAs MMIC foundry processes

At this week’s Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC 2009) in Singapore, high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA) software tool provider AWR of El Segundo, CA, USA has announced the availability of enhanced process design kits (PDKs) for the PH15 and PH25 gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry processes of United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS).

UMS designs and produces RF, microwave and millimeter-wave components and ICs for the telecom, space, defense, automotive and industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) sectors at its facilities in Orsay, France and Ulm, Germany.

The enhanced PDKs enable designers to take full advantage of UMS’ process capabilities within AWR’s 2009 Microwave Office design suite, including its latest technologies such as iNets, AC0E, AXIEM and ICED DRC.

“Users of these enhanced PDKs will not only be able to fully exploit the latest features within Version 2009 of AWR’s software,” says UMS’ foundry manager Eric Leclerc. “They can also take advantage of the fact that these PDKs are now release-independent from AWR’s own software upgrade cycle,” he adds.

UMS has a rapidly growing presence in the Asia-Pacific and especially Japan, says AWR’s VP of marketing Sherry Hess. “With a significant portion of AWR’s customers located in Europe and Asia-Pacific, our partnership with UMS is extremely beneficial as it provides a high-quality, non-ITAR foundry solution to mutual customers.”

PDKs from UMS are available to active customers of the UMS foundry and AWR software.

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