AWR, UMS Unveil Process Design Kit for GaAs pHEMT Foundry Process

AWR® and United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS) introduced an advanced process design kit (PDK) for the UMS PPH25X GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) foundry process. The UMS PPH25X process is dedicated to the design of microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMIC) at frequencies up to 35 GHz. The PDK lets users take advantage of the industry-leading fabrication capabilities of UMS together with AWR’s innovative Microwave Office® design suite.

The PPH25X process is specifically developed for high-frequency (45 GHz Ft) and high-power designs and is fully qualified by UMS. The process features very high breakdown voltage that achieves power density up to 1 W per millimeter of gate periphery (load-pull power measurements exhibit 5 dB power gain at 30 GHz for a large 8 x 75 µm periphery). Small via-hole definitions through the 70 µm substrate can be connected directly to the sources of the transistors, reducing parasitics and simplifying wideband amplifier design.

AWR’s Microwave Office design environment is ideally suited for MMIC development. The software integrates in one seamless environment all the tools essential for high-frequency design: linear and non-linear circuit simulators, electromagnetic (EM) analysis tools, integrated schematic and layout, statistical design capabilities, and parametric cell libraries with built-in design-rule check (DRC). The design suite further provides innovative technologies, a complete front to back flow, and the ability to integrate third-party tools, delivering an intuitive, open, and interoperable environment to MMIC designers.

Pricing and Availability
The PPH25X PDK is available now. Contact your local UMS representative for more information.

About UMS
United Monolithic Semiconductors designs, produces, and markets leading-edge RF, microwave and millimeter wave components and integrated circuits (ICs) for the telecommunications, space, defense, automotive and ISM industries. The company’s strategy is to position itself as a “one-stop” supplier to the wireless microwave and millimeter-wave market, offering a broad range of standard and custom MMICs along with an open foundry service. The company has two production facilities, in Orsay, France, where its corporate headquarters is also located, and in Ulm, Germany. The company’s products and technologies offer leading-edge performance and high volume capacity. Most technologies are available in open foundry service mode. The company is supported by a global network of representatives and distributors, and is committed to developing partnerships with application and sector specialists that can benefit from advanced III-V technologies.

About AWR
AWR is the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software. The company’s products dramatically reduce development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. AWR’s core technology is unique among high-frequency EDA platforms because 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 are the ACE[tm], RFA[tm], and AXIEM[tm] tools. The privately-held company has thousands of users, and is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, Calif. 90245.

AWR, the AWR logo, Microwave Office, ACE, RFA, and AXIEM are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Applied Wave Research, Inc.