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Applied Wave Research (AWR) Press Release, 11-3-2008

 AWR and austriamicrosystems Introduce Open Access Based SiGe Process Click to visit the Applied Wave Research websiteDesign Kit for Analog Office(R) RFIC Design Environment

London, England and Unterpremstaetten, Austria -- November 3, 2008 - AWR and austriamicrosystems AG today introduced an Open Access based process design kit (PDK) for austriamicrosystems S35 0.35-µm silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS process technology that is optimized for circuits operating up to 10 GHz and beyond. The design kit lets users take full advantage of the industry-leading fabrication capabilities of austriamicrosystems together with AWR's Analog Office RFIC design suite.

The PDK includes Monte Carlo simulation models and a set of Open Access (www.si2.org) PyCells, developed using Ciranova's PyCell Studio. Available devices include a wide array of high-speed and high-voltage bipolar transistors, NMOS and PMOS transistors, capacitors, resistors, and spiral inductors along with electrostatic discharge and RF pad structures. The PDK also includes all electromagnetic (EM) stack-up information required to perform EM analysis and parasitic extraction from within the Analog Office design environment using AWR's EM Socket™ interface.

"One of our European customers will be using our advanced S35 process together with AWR's Analog Office software for their latest high frequency designs," said Hannes Koreimann, Director Marketing Business Unit Full Service Foundry at austriamicrosystems. "This PDK gives our mutual customers the benefit of using austriamicrosystems high performance S35 SiGe BiCMOS process with the innovative software solution from AWR.

"There have been numerous requests to add austriamicrosystems' advanced S35 process to our PDK offering," said Graeme Ritchie, Product Manger - Analog Office at AWR.  "I'm very pleased now to be able to offer this SiGe PDK to AWR's Analog Office users and to leverage its cross tool accessibility via its Open Access roots.

The Analog Office RFIC PDK supporting austriamicrosystems S35 process is available now. Readers should contact their local AWR office for more information.

AWR is the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software that dramatically reduces development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. The company's core technology is unique among high-frequency EDA platforms in that it is inherently open and flexible. AWR continually strengthens its product portfolio with innovative new technologies that enable faster, more streamlined product development, the most recent of which are the ACE, RFA™, and AXIEM tools. The privately-held company has thousands of users, and is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, Calif. 90245. For more information about AWR and its products, please visit www.awrcorp.com

About austriamicrosystems

austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixed-signal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS processes. With superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses. austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design and system expertise with state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. The company leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors and sensor interfaces, and mobile entertainment in the communications, industrial, medical, and automotive markets, and offers a full-service foundry service. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (ticker: AMS). For more information, please visit www.austriamicrosystems.com.

(c) 2008 Applied Wave Research, Inc.  AWR, the AWR logo, and Analog Office are registered trademarks and ACE, AXIEM, EM Socket, and RFA are registered trademarks of Applied Wave Research, Inc. All others are trademarks of their respective holders.

Contact:

Sherry Hess
Vice President of Marketing
(310) 726-3000
hess@awrcorp.com
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