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Toumaz Technology creates RF CMOS design house in Taiwan

Posted: 17 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rf cmos? mixed-signal circuit? future waves?

Toumaz Technology Ltd, a developer of RF, analog and mixed-signal circuit technology founded in 2000 as a spin-off from Imperial College, London, has formed a company in Taipei, Taiwan, called Future Waves Pte Ltd.

Future Waves, a fabless, RF CMOS design house and licensee of Toumaz technology, has developed its first productaimed at the Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) marketbased on Toumaz technology.

Professor Chris Toumazou, founder of Toumaz, is chairman and co-founder of Future Waves. Toumaz Technology retains a "significant equity position" in Future Waves with the balance being held by a group of industrialists and investors from Singapore and Taiwan. Toumaz declined to name the investors or the proportions of equity held.

The Fenix chip, part-numbered FNX14701, is an RF circuit for DAB and FM and implemented in a 0.18-micron bulk CMOS process, offers the lowest power consumption and cost available in the industry, according to Toumaz and Future Waves. It would therefore promote the widespread adoption of DAB receivers in portable and handheld equipment, such as mobile phones and PDAs, Toumaz said. Functional samples would be available in June 2005 for selected customers, Future Waves said.

The company is following a similar path to that of Frontier Silicon Ltd, which has come to be market leader in DAB audio chips and is expanding into digital television. Frontier is active in Taiwan and China.

"The formation of Future Waves allows us to take Toumaz's low-power RF technology and commercialize it where the real customer base is," said Glenn Vandevoorde, CEO of Future Waves in a statement issued by Toumaz Technology. He continued: "By building on the disruptive AMx technology platform, Future Waves is uniquely placed to exploit this emerging opportunity and lead the market in digital tuners for next-generation portable devices." "The flexibility of the AMx platform will enable Future Waves to rapidly develop a range of products for different digital broadcasting standards, such as T-DMB, DVB-H and DRM, and gain further competitive advantage in this important market," said Keith Errey, CEO of Toumaz Technology, in the same statement.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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