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28 September 2007


WIN appoints Plextek as approved third-party design house

Electronics and communications design consultancy Plextek Ltd of Great Chesterford near Cambridge, UK has been appointed as approved third-party design house by gallium arsenide foundry WIN Semiconductor Corp of Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan. The move follows Plextek’s success with a number of clients using WIN’s GaAs IC processes. Plextek is already an approved independent design house for the GaAs foundry Global Communications Semiconductors Inc (GCS) of Torrance, CA, USA since a strategic alliance agreed in 2002.

Founded in October 1999, WIN was the world’s first 6-inch pure-play GaAs foundry and offers processes including 0.15µm gate-length pHEMT and InGaP HBT technology. “We needed an independent design house with extensive experience of GaAs MMIC design on a wide range of processes, as well as proven capability with using WIN’s processes,” says WIN’s VP of sales & marketing Robert Donahue. “Plextek meet all of these requirements and have impressed us with their professionalism in dealing with WIN foundry customers.”

Plextek says that, over the past 10 years , it has designed over 30 full custom GaAs ICs, all of which were first-pass design successes. “The fact that WIN’s processes use 6” diameter wafers, combined with the ability to run a four-shift system, allows WIN to offer a truly mass-production capability for GaAs MMICs, which is very attractive to many of our existing and prospective clients,” says Plextek’s director of RF Integration Liam Devlin.

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