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Process Design Kits Accelerate Time-to-Market for High-Speed IC Development

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 12:26pm
Agilent Technologies Inc. announces the availability of two process design kits (PDKs) for Jazz Semiconductor's (A Tower Group company) 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process offerings that are used with Agilent's Advanced Design System 2009 EDA software.

The PDKs accelerate customers' time-to-market for IC development in automotive collision avoidance, high-data-rate networks, emerging HDTV wireless standards and other high-speed applications.

The Jazz SBC18HA and SBC18H2 PDKs are the result of collaboration between Jazz and Agilent to offer an accurate and productive work environment for the industry's latest Silicon Germanium Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (SiGe MMIC) design solutions. The SBC18HA and SBC18H2 have been widely accepted in many high-frequency applications, including 24- and 77-GHz collision avoidance radar, 60 GHz WLAN HDTV, wireless base-station back haul, and a host of optical applications, including TIA, laser drivers, SERDES and CDRs.

Both the SBC18HA and SBC18H2 PDKs are certified by Jazz and Agilent to take advantage of ADS 2009, the latest release from Agilent EEsof EDA. ADS 2009 contains new features that support IC, package and RF board co-design. The software helps cut hardware integration turns by revealing unexpected component interactions upfront that cause integration failures downstream.

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