AWR, UMS Introduce Incentive Program for GaAs MMIC Design

AWR and United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS) announced “Try the Power,” an incentive program to allow new customers to bring gallium arsenide (GaAs) microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) design prototypes to market quickly and easily using AWR’s Microwave Office electronic design automation (EDA) software and the UMS PPH25X foundry process design kit (PDK).

Try the Power includes free PDKs, a free 90-day lease for AWR’s flagship Microwave Office high-frequency design software, and a reduced-rate prototype development quick-turn (PDQ) shared-wafer foundry run using the advanced UMS PPH25X process. The program begins November 15, 2008 and runs through May 31, 2009 (chips delivered).

UMS has developed and qualified the PPH25X pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) process for high-frequency and high-power designs. It features a very high breakdown voltage that provides high power density up to 1 W per millimeter of gate periphery. Optimized small via-hole definitions through the 70-µm substrate thickness can be directly connected to the sources of the transistors, reducing parasitics and simplifying wideband amplifier designs. The PPH25X process has a 45 GHz Ft that makes it especially useful for power design at very high frequencies. The PPH25X process is fully qualified and open in foundry mode.

Pricing and Availability
This limited time offer is available for start-up firms and new customers of UMS and AWR. Contact either of your UMS or AWR sales office for more information about timing, qualification, and program guidelines.

About Microwave Office Software
The Microwave Office design suite is the industry’s fastest growing RF and microwave design platform that integrates the most powerful, innovative tools available to allow users to create designs in the shortest time with the greatest flexibility. From design capture and synthesis to simulation, optimization, layout, extraction, and verification, the Microwave Office design environment delivers the highest levels of accuracy and speed, along with the unique ability to seamlessly integrate third-party tools. AWR recently introduced Version 2008 of the Microwave Office design suite, which incorporates more than 100 enhancements including sweeping changes to the user interface that dramatically increase its flexibility for the user.

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 is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, Calif. 90245.

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 located, and in Ulm, Germany. 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.