WARREN, N.J.--Anadigics Inc. here today announced an alliance with Atmel Corp.'s Temic Semiconductors subsidiary in Germany to share information about silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology and radio-frequency IC designs. The move is part of Anadigics' efforts to expand beyond products produced in gallium-arsenide (GaAs).
Temic is racing IBM Corp. to offer highly integrated RF semiconductors made with SiGe technology, which has the capability to support high frequencies and combine logic with wireless transition functions. Since last year, SiGe technology appears to be gaining ground and ready to challenge GaAs processes for commercial RF applications requiring 2- to 30-GHz frequencies (see SBN feature).
"Having access to Temic Semiconductors' SiGe facility and technology provides us with an opportunity to complement our existing GaAs and silicon programs," said Charles Huang, executive vice president and chief technical officer at Anadigics.
In June, Anadigics expanded into silicon RF by introducing a dual-frequency synthesizer for low-cost tuner applications. The device is being fabricated by silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (see June 30 story).