SINGAPORE--IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division and Singapore's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) here announced an alliance under which the R&D organization will use IBM's silicon germanium (SiGe) technology for the development of integrated circuits.
I2R, Singapore's national R&D organization, will collaborate with IBM to develop a 5-GHz wireless local area network (WLAN) radio transceiver system. The device will be based on IBM's advanced 0.25-micron SiGe technology.
The 5-GHz radio transceiver system will employ direct conversion architecture that reduces power and eliminates off-chip components such as filters. I2R plans to develop other wireless communications cores using IBM's SiGe technology, according to the Singaporean organization.
I2R was established through the merger of the Institute for Communications Research (ICR) and the Laboratories for Information Technology (LIT). I2R develops technologies in the wireless, optical, and information science fields.