8 February 2010


Sapphicon and AWR partner to develop SoS PDKs

Electronic design automation (EDA) software provider AWR Corporation of El Segundo, CA, USA and Sapphicon Semiconductor of Sydney, Australia, a manufacturer of high performance integrated circuits based on silicon-on-sapphire (SoS) process technology, have announced the introduction of process design kits (PDKs) for AWR software that support Sapphicon’s SoS processes.

Developed using AWR's Analog Office RFIC design software, Sapphicon offers AWR PDKs for all variants of its 0.25µm process. Furthermore, Sapphicon is currently working on PDKs covering its 0.5µm high frequency RF/Mixed Signal CMOS processes.

"A key aim is to develop highly accurate models for transistors and passives, like spiral inductors, at frequencies up to 40GHz," says Yash Moghe, Sapphicon's design engineering manager. "Analog Office software enables us to accurately model active devices, passives, and interconnects on SoS so that our customers realize first-time-right designs."

"This partnership extends our reach by providing Analog Office customers with access to a wider variety of process technologies, such as Sapphicon's SoS technology which is ideal for RF and mixed signal CMOS designs," added Graeme Ritchie, RFIC segment manager at AWR.

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