austriamicrosystems(SWX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog integrated circuits (ICs), and NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power semiconductors and solutions for GPS and location-based services, are pleased to announce shipment of the five millionth NemeriX NJ1006A RF IC. The NJ1006A has been a major success for NemeriX in the personal navigation device (PND) and Bluetooth GPS markets, where small size and high sensitivity are paramount.
The NemeriX NJ1006A is a highly integrated, low noise RF front-end for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) receivers targeted toward low power portable and automotive applications. By integrating a low noise amplifier (LNA) and the tank-circuit of the local oscillator, the NJ1006A reduces both the bill of materials and PCB area substantially, enabling very small form-factor, high performance implementations. In addition, it supports standard clocks for UMTS, EDGE, GPRS/GSM, CDMA, making it ideal for mobile phone applications.
Commenting on the milestone shipment, NemeriX CEO Ron Torten said: “NemeriX is focused on delivering the most power-efficient, high-performance GPS solutions, so it is imperative that we continue to work with the very best technical partners. As a world-class RF device manufacturer, austriamicrosystems is a valuable asset in helping to bring our solutions to market faster, enabling us to be more responsive to our customers’ needs.”
The NJ1006A is produced on austriamicrosystems’ advanced 0.35µm SiGe-BiCMOS technology. It includes high performance analog SiGe HBT transistors which enable the high sensitivity and gain needed for GPS applications. The requirement of long battery life in mobile personal navigation devices is supported by this specialty SiGe technology and is ensured by the optimized design of the NJ1006A, leveraging advanced process features such as low noise, low power consumption and high fmax.
“We are very pleased that the long lasting cooperation between NemeriX and austriamicrosystems resulted in successful products such as the NJ1006A, which is a fantastic product well ahead of competition,” states Peter Gasteiner, Senior Vice President and General Manager Full Service Foundry. “The excellent analog design experience of NemeriX fits perfectly with austriamicrosytems’ RF technology and manufacturing capabilities. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with NemeriX for further successful GPS products in the future.”
austriamicrosystems’ business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the mixed-signal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS processes. With superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog/mixed-signal foundry partner especially for fabless design houses.
austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystemss focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).
Founded in April 2002, NemeriX S.A. (Manno, Switzerland) is a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power GPS and LBS integrated circuits, software and firmware for GPS and wireless applications. NemeriX’s devices enable battery powered location determination anywhere, anytime, facilitating the design and manufacture of truly differentiated products for both consumer and professional markets.