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austriamicrosystems design kit speeds RF IC development

Posted: 10 Mar 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:austriamicrosystems? hit kit? design kit? rf ic design?

austriamicrosystems AG has announced the availability of the HIT-Kit product design kit that helps speed up the development of RF ICs used in wireless communications such as Bluetooth equipment and mobile phones.

The HIT-Kit v3.5 provides all the necessary support for linking the company's RF process technologies with Agilent's RF design environments (RFDE). The kit supports both the BiCMOS and SiGe versions of austriamicrosystems' 0.35?m technology node. The RF capabilities of this SiGe-BiCMOS technology offer the potential to integrate RF blocks with baseband functions on the same chip, thereby reducing cost.

"Combining bipolar transistors that operate at frequencies of up to 70GHz together with high-quality passive devices and high-density CMOS logic makes the S35 SiGe-BiCMOS process the ideal choice for the integration of RF blocks with baseband functions on the same chip," said Rainer Holzhaider, Director of Foundry Services at austriamicrosystems.

"With our HIT-Kit and Agilent's RFDE suite of design tools, RF designers can create high-performance RF/mixed-signal ICs that meet performance goals in the first cut, thus dramatically reducing time-to-market," added Holzhaider.

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