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Cree, AWR offer MMIC process design kit

Posted: 23 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cree? Applied Wave? AWR? process design kit? PDK?

Cree Inc. and Applied Wave Research Inc. (AWR) have announced the availability of a process design kit (PDK) supporting Cree's high-power silicon carbide (SiC) process. According to the press release, the kit enables monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) designers to use Cree's MMIC process within AWR's Microwave Office software environment. Designers can now improve productivity by applying AWR's industry-leading, open and integrated design platform to Cree's wide bandgap SiC MMIC foundry services and discrete products, the companies said.

"Cree is committed to making its industry-leading power WBG MMIC technologies accessible through the EDA tools and flows our customers prefer," said Jim Milligan, Cree's manager of wide bandgap RF Products. "The release of this kit is an important part of that commitment and we are pleased to be working with AWR to provide this and future GaN solutions as well."

Wide bandgap (WBG) technologies such as SiC and gallium nitride (GaN) can produce more power in a smaller space while dissipating less heat than other available device technologies. "When it comes to WBG MMIC products and services, Cree is at the leading edge of the market," said James Spoto, AWR president and CEO. "We welcome the opportunity to have this PDK available to our customers worldwide on our powerful, open, Microwave Office design platform. We look forward to working with Cree on meeting current and future challenges in WBG MMIC power amplifier design."

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