RFMD® Announces Availability of Design Kits for Agilent Technologies
Advanced Design System 2011 Software
June 14, 2012 Press Release
Sr. Manager, Communications
Greensboro, North Carolina, June 14, 2012 -- RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:RFMD), a global leader in the
design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies,
announced today that its Foundry Services business unit has updated its process design kits (PDKs) for use with
Agilent Technologies’ recently released
Advanced Design System (ADS) 2011
EDA software. The enhanced PDKs are available immediately to current and
prospective RFMD Foundry Services customers for RFMD’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) process
The RFMD PDKs support a complete ADS front- to back-end MMIC design flow with scalable
devices, a native design rule checker, and the layout capabilities in ADS 2011. The PDKs work seamlessly with ADS
2011, ADS 2009 Update 1 and ADS 2008 Update 2, enabling RFMD Foundry Services customers to take full advantage of
the significant performance advantages of ADS 2011.
RFMD’s GaN and GaAs process technologies are available
to Foundry Services customers, supported by RFMD’s industry-leading cycle times. RFMD’s foundry offerings include
GaN1 (GaN for high power), a 0.5-micron GaN on SiC process technology enabling 65V CW operation and optimized for
maximum performance at 4 GHz and below. RFMD’s GaN1 power technology provides a high breakdown voltage above 400V,
while RFMD’s GaN2 is a 0.5-micron GaN on SiC process technology offering high linearity for high performance
communications systems. Both GaN technologies are manufactured in RFMD’s Greensboro, NC, fab, one of the world’s
largest III-V fabs.
The Greensboro fab also manufactures HBT8D, RFMD’s high-volume rugged InGap technology for
handset and mixed signal applications, and IPC3, an integrated passive component technology that complements
RFMD’s GaN technology portfolio with high power compatibility.
Additional RFMD foundry offerings include
FD25, a low noise, 0.25-micron GaAs pHEMT technology, and FD30, a high power 0.3-micron GaAs pHEMT technology,
both of which support applications up through 25 GHz. RFMD’s technology portfolio also includes FET1H, a
0.6-micron GaAs pHEMT technology, and FET2D, a 0.6-micron GaAs E/D pHEMT technology. Each of RFMD’s pHEMT
technologies is manufactured in the Company’s Newton Aycliffe, UK, fab.
Dr. Tom Joseph, manager of
technology in RFMD’s Foundry Services business unit, said, “The ADS 2011 release provides RFMD Foundry customers
access to Agilent’s latest multi-technology platform for our GaN and GaAs process technologies. By leveraging
Agilent’s new Library architecture and simulation enhancements, RFMD’s foundry customers can improve their design
efficiencies and reduce time-to-market for their end market products.”
“We are very happy that our mutual
customers can now leverage the ADS 2011 product enhancements in RFMD’s GaN and GaAs technologies,” said Juergen
Hartung, foundry program manager of Agilent’s EEsof EDA organization. “With these PDKs, our customers can now
enjoy the industry’s most comprehensive multi-technology design platform using Momentum, the industry-leading 3-D
planar EM simulator, our integrated full 3-D FEM engine, the industry-proven design-for-manufacturing capabilities
inside ADS, and an upgraded design rule checker. These capabilities are just some of the reasons the majority of
MMIC designers choose ADS to increase performance, consistency and yield.”
For more information on RFMD's
Foundry Services go to
About RFMDRF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD) is a global
leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor
technologies. RFMD’s products enable worldwide mobility, provide enhanced connectivity and support advanced
functionality in the cellular handset, wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband
and aerospace and defense markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio of semiconductor technologies and
RF systems expertise and is a preferred supplier to the world's leading mobile device, customer premises and
communications equipment providers.
Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., RFMD is an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer with worldwide
engineering, design, sales and service facilities. RFMD is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the
symbol RFMD. For more information, please visit RFMD's web site at
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