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IBM, ParkerVision strike SiGe foundry alliance

Posted: 18 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rf power amplifiers? semiconductor?

ParkerVision Inc. said that IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division has been selected to manufacture its radio-frequency (RF) power amplifiers and other next-generation semiconductor products.

The RF products from ParkerVision (Jacksonville, Fla.) will be made on a foundry basis, built around IBM's 180nm silicon-germanium (SiGe) CMOS process technology. ParkerVision's low-cost RF power amplifiers incorporate a proprietary digital architecture designed to replace traditional analog circuitry.

"We selected IBM SiGe because of its technical merits as well as IBM's expertise in manufacturing and supply chain management," said ParkerVision CTO David F. Sorrells, in a statement. "We fully expect to be engaged in business with OEM's that require assurance that we will be able to address their needs in high volume applications, and IBM is well suited to help us address those needs."

- EE Times

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