AWR, WIN Semiconductors Release PP15-10 Process Design Kit

AWR and WIN Semiconductors Corporation (WIN) announced the latest release of the WIN PP15-10 process design kit (PDK), the first in a series of next-generation commercial foundry PDKs available for monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design. The combination of the PP15-10 pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) MMIC PDK with AWR’s leading-edge Microwave Office 2007 software uniquely enables designers of radio, satellite, radar, and automotive products to leverage the advanced WIN process to its fullest extent, providing optimal product performance and time-to-market advantages.

The WIN PP15-10 is a high-frequency and high-power GaAs pHEMT MMIC process that has been in production since 2003. Until now, however, existing PDKs and design tools have lacked the technology needed to take full advantage of the advanced features in the WIN process. This new class of AWR WIN PDKs is able to leverage the foundry process using the innovative and unique new technologies in the latest version of Microwave Office software. The PDK supports AWR’s groundbreaking Intelligent Net(tm) (iNet) routing technology and the ACE(tm) automated microwave circuit extractor, both of which serve to cut interconnect design time by 100-fold or more. Built-in design rule support through the native AWR design rule check (DRC) engine alerts engineers to manufacturing issues during early design stages, where design faults can be more quickly and easily corrected, saving significant design time and capturing precious performance margin. The WIN PP15-10 can be loaded into Microwave Office software simultaneously with packaging and other IC PDKs for module co-design.

“These kits mark a major new thrust at WIN Semiconductor,” said Gary St. Onge, vice president of technical marketing at WIN Semiconductors. “We intend to facilitate our customers’ design flow with accurate models and pCells in not only the most advanced compound semiconductor processes, but also the most advanced EDA tools and flows. AWR’s iNets, ACE, and multi-PDK capabilities are unique innovations that our customers want to use. These PDKs bridge the gap from design concept to working product like no other design kits previously offered. The benefits of our process capability can now be fully exploited.”

“WIN Semiconductors is a world-class foundry recognized for its excellence in service and technology,” said Sherry Hess, vice president of marketing for AWR. “Our mutual customers rely on this quality as they continue to push the envelope in design, and the collaboration between WIN and AWR enables them to do so more confidently and quickly. WIN’s latest processes integrated in these new PDKs open up new possibilities for MMIC design.”

Pricing and Availability
The WIN PP15-10 PDK is distributed by WIN Semiconductor and is available free of charge and for immediate use within AWR’s Microwave Office 2007 design suite.

About WIN Semiconductor
WIN Semiconductors Corp., founded in October 1999, was the first pure-play 6-inch GaAs foundry in the world. It has established an advanced GaAs wafer fab in recognition of the growing demand for low cost manufacturing of high speed and high quality GaAs MMICs and RFICs. WIN provides fast and low cost foundry services in broad range of applications from DC to 100 GHz. Technologies in mass production now include 1µm HBT, 2µm HBT, 0.5µm pHEMT switch, 0.5µm power pHEMT, 0.15µm pHEMT and integrated 0.5 µm pHEMT/HBT. These technologies support a broad range of applications including mobile phones, cellular infrastructure, wireless LAN, satellite communications, automotive radar, optical communications, and CATV. The company is headquartered at 69 Technology 7th Rd.Hwaya Technology Park, Kuei Shan Hsiang, Tao Yuan ShienTaiwan 333. For more information about WIN Semiconductors please call +886-3-397-5999.

About AWR
AWR is the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software that dramatically reduces development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. The company’s core technology is unique among high-frequency EDA platforms in that it is inherently open and flexible. AWR continually strengthens its product portfolio with innovative new technologies that enable faster, more streamlined product development, the most recent of which are the ACE(tm), RFA(tm), and AXIEM(tm) tools. The privately-held company has more than 20,000 active users, and is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, Calif. 90245.

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