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New RFIC design company launched

Posted: 15 Jan 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:radio? analog IC design? design and simulation? drc/lvs? post-layout simulation?

A team of engineers formerly with IBM Microelectronics' Wireless Division have formed a new radio and analog IC design company, Tahoe RF Semiconductor Inc. Tahoe RF provides front-end circuit design and simulation all the way to back-end layout, DRC/LVS, post-layout simulation, and fully packaged fabrication management using Cadence software.

"Forming Tahoe RF Semiconductor allows us to use our extensive analog and RFIC experience in the same team setting that led the way at IBM," stated Christopher Saint, VP of Engineering and the author of two best-selling IC layout books. "As IBM reassessed its needs for in-house wireless design expertise, our primary focus was to keep this team together. This is one of the best RFIC design teams in the world."

The Tahoe RF Semiconductor team has designed, laid out and successfully fabricated many products, including an entire WCDMA wireless chipset with analog baseband filters, 2GHz direct down conversion receiver, dual transmit/receive WCDMA PLL/synthesizers, IF VGA circuits, RF VGA circuits, pseudo direct upconvert transmit chip, 2GHz quadrature generation and 4GHz VCO. Other recent projects include a JCDMA transmit/receive chipset with integrated frequency synthesizers, CMOS and ECL standard cell libraries, 8GHz RF divide by 4 and dual modulus dividers, and CDMA2000 IF downconverter.





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