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3 June 2009


Agilent offers PDKs for Jazz’s 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process

Agilent Technologies Inc of Santa Clara, CA, USA has announced the availability of two process design kits (PDKs) for the 0.18 micron SiGe BiCMOS process offerings of Jazz Semiconductor (a Tower Group company) that can be used with Agilent's Advanced Design System 2009 EDA software. The PDKs accelerate time-to-market for the development of ICs used in automotive collision avoidance, high-data-rate networks, emerging HDTV wireless standards and other high-speed applications. Agilent and Jazz will demonstrate the PDKs at next week's IEEE International Microwave Symposium (MTT-S) in Boston, MA, USA (7-12 June).

The Jazz SBC18HA and SBC18H2 PDKs are the result of collaboration between Jazz and Agilent to offer an accurate and productive work environment for the industry's latest silicon germanium monolithic microwave integrated circuit (SiGe MMIC) design solutions. The SBC18HA and SBC18H2 have been widely accepted in many high-frequency applications, including 24GHz and 77GHz collision avoidance radar, 60GHz wireless local-area network (WLAN) HDTV, wireless base-station back-haul, and a host of optical applications, including transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs), laser drivers, SerDes (serializer/deserializer), and CDRs (clock and data recovery).

“Our collaboration with Jazz is in response to the strong market demand from our mutual customers for a fast and efficient RFIC design flow,” says Avery Chung, foundry program manager of Agilent's EEsof EDA division. “With these new SiGe PDKs in ADS 2009, customers will be able to design high-performance ICs operating up to 60GHz and higher. They can use the breadth of capability ADS provides, including design for manufacturing toolsets and Momentum, the industry-leading 3D planar EM simulator.”

“These PDKs offer design teams a smooth transition from GaAs-based high-frequency product design to silicon-based product design by using the same Agilent ADS design environment now available with Jazz’s high-performance SiGe technology,” says Jazz senior VP & general manager Marco Racanelli. “Jazz partnered with Agilent to speed time-to-market for our customers who are targeting applications up to and beyond 60 to 77GHz in our SiGe technology,” he adds.

Both the SBC18HA and SBC18H2 PDKs are certified by Jazz and Agilent to take advantage of ADS 2009, the latest release from Agilent EEsof EDA. ADS 2009 contains new features that support IC, package and RF board co-design. Agilent says that the software helps to cut hardware integration turns by revealing unexpected component interactions upfront that cause integration failures downstream. These PDKs are expected to ship in late June.

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Agilent launches complete, front-to-back solution for MMIC and RF module design

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