Toumaz Rolls Out Sensium RF Chip from Infineon's 130nm RF Process

Toumaz Technology has delivered the first silicon from Infineon Technologies AG’s advanced 130 nanometre RF CMOS process. Toumaz’s integrated Sensium(TM) platform, a new ultra-low power wireless infrastructure system for health and lifestyle monitoring applications, taped-out on Infineon’s specialised process in November 2006. The highly integrated Sensium chip met all the targeted accuracy and performance parameters in initial testing earlier this year.

The integrated Sensium platform incorporates an ultra-low power wireless transceiver – including both RF and baseband functionality – reconfigurable sensor interface, and digital block with a low power 8051 processor and memory on a single 4 x 4 mm chip. The new systems are now being made available to Toumaz’s healthcare and pharmaceutical customers for trials.

The partnership agreement between Toumaz and Infineon included the licensing of digital blocks and IP cores for integration into the Sensium system. The Infineon and Toumaz teams worked very closely through each phase of the process, achieving tape-out less than 18 months after initial specification.

“With this new foundry programme, Infineon is offering the best of both worlds to pioneering companies such as Toumaz. We are combining our vast experience in manufacturing world-class communications systems for established markets with unique access to our state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and capabilities, helping companies such as Toumaz drive the next level of innovation. Toumaz’s technology platform promises to bring the economies of scale of the semiconductor industry to healthcare markets for the first time; the wide applicability and volume potential for the Sensium system is extremely exciting,” comments Thomas Pollakowski, vice president of Infineon’s “Connectivity” business unit.

“Infineon offered us not only the very best semiconductor manufacturing technology available, but also a true partner that is committed to our success”, added Keith Errey, Chief Operating Officer for Toumaz Technology. “We have received very high levels of support from Infineon since the beginning, and their expertise and assistance – including an invaluable contribution to the design review – has been absolutely crucial in enabling us to deliver our integrated Sensium system.”