SAN JOSE, Calif. - Hittite Microwave Corp (Chelmsford, Mass.) has entered into a joint development agreement with IBM Corp. related to millimeter-wave technology.
Hittite, which designs and supplies analog and mixed-signal RF, microwave and millimeter-wave ICs, has acquired a license from IBM to manufacture and market silicon IC millimeter-wave transceivers developed by IBM.
Also covered by the license are certain 57–64GHz IC, package and antenna technology, as well as 71–76GHz and 81–86GHz IC intellectual property. Hittite aims to apply the technology to markets requiring highly integrated solutions.
Millimeter wave technology seems to be moving forward on various fronts. At my company, we do work on a number of nondestructive evaluation techniques, and millimeter wave imaging has been getting more and more attention here. One stumbling block has been the few suppliers of millimeter wave sources. This application is probably not high on the Hitite/IBM list, but increasing attention in this area will probably drive availability of millimeter wave sources of all sorts.
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