HSINCHU, Taiwan -- As part of an ongoing effort to increase its communications-chip business, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has aligned with the largest EDA vendor to help time-pressured communications customers get products to market more quickly.
The move marks the third time in a week the Hsinchu, Taiwan-based foundry has bolstered its communications-chip manufacturing capabilities. TSMC claims its largest customer base is in the broadband sector.
Along with Cadence Design Systems Inc., San Jose, TSMC has developed baseband and RF design kits for the foundry's 0.18- and 0.25-micron mixed mode/RF and logic process technologies. The Process Design Kits (PDKs) contain all of the data necessary for customers to start designs using Cadence's Custom IC design solution, the companies said.
PDKs for select TSMC 0.25- and 0.18-micron processes are available now at www.tsmc.com. A 0.13-micron PDK will follow later in the year.
Earlier this week, TSMC announced production availability of a 0.13-micron mixed-signal/RF process, as well as a 3.3V, 0.35-micron BiCMOS process that will be ready for customer designs in April.