FREMONT, Calif. -- Intarsia Corp., a wireless technology integrator and IC designer, has opened a technology and customer support center in Charlbury, near Oxford, England, that will house an RF design, development and applications team to provide local design support for European customers.
The center will also play a key role in the company's development of RF technology and advanced packaging for wireless applications.
"Intarsia's goal is to deliver a new generation of highly-integrated, miniaturized solutions for a variety of wireless applications," said Harry Van Wickle, president and CEO of Intarsia. "Because a large number of the wireless equipment manufacturers are located or based in Europe, local support for these customers is crucial. In addition, with the U.K.'s history of being at the forefront of RF technology, many of the world's leading wireless OEMs have set up design centers and manufacturing facilities in the U.K. to service markets around the world."
Intarsia provides characterized models and libraries of the components used in its range of products, which include chip-scale packages for semiconductor devices, thin-film processing on glass and silicon substrates, voltage-controlled oscillators, resistor networks, and more.
This design capability allows customers to define integrated RF thin-film solutions, enabling new levels of integration, according to the company. The Technology Center's engineering staff will work closely with European customers on the development of custom and semicustom products that will be fabricated at Intarsia's fab in Fremont.
The new 1,700-square-foot Technology Center also includes a lab for the measurement and evaluation of RF devices. The Charlbury facility currently has a staff of nine people and is expected to double in the next year.