LONDON " Applied Wave Research (AWR) has teamed with foundry TSMC to develop a design platform for RFICs that will work on the Taiwanese group's 0.35 micron SiGe process.
The platform includes AWR's Analog Office RFIC design software, a TSMC 0.35-micron SiGe process design kit (PDK) based on open software standards, and an end-user full product support package.
The deal calls for the companies to develop a set of process-calibrated and process-tuned device models for the 0.35 micron SiGe process that will include HICUM (high current) bipolar transistor models from RF device description specialist XMOD Technologies.
The suite will also incorporate accurately tuned spiral inductor models.
The companies say the models will enable analog and RFIC designers to develop advanced, high-performance wireless ICs quickly and easily. The models will be packaged as part of a complete PDK based on the AWR unified data model and other open software platforms. "A cost-effective RFIC design platform will be a welcome addition to the growing RF wireless design community worldwide, and particularly to emerging design markets," said Edward Wan, senior director of design services marketing for TSMC in a statement.