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RF Micro, IBM form alliance for SiGe-based RFIC development

Posted: 15 Oct 1999 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rf micro? ibm? rfic? sige? ic design?

RF Micro Devices Inc. and IBM Corp. have agreed to jointly develop radio frequency ICs (RFICs) based on IBM's SiGe process technology.

The highly integrated RFICs will be designed for next-generation mobile phones. Both companies hope to significantly reduce the number of chips installed in wireless handsets, thereby shortening time-to-market for manufacturers and resulting in the development of smaller phones that use less power and offer longer battery life.

"The combination of IBM's proven SiGe process technology and RF Micro's advanced RFIC design skills are expected to result in a new class of semiconductors for the next generation of mobile communications products," said Michael Concannon, vice president of wireless communications at IBM Microelectronics.

"We believe SiGe enhances RFMD's current approach of Optimum Technology Matching, where we match the process technology to the customer's application in order to minimize cost and deliver optimum performance," said William J. Pratt, chief technical officer of RF Micro Devices.

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