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UMC, IME co-develop RF modeling for 90nm

Posted: 05 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semicon? semiconductors? United Microelectronics? 90nm? semiconductor foundries?

Semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have partnered with Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) to jointly develop RF modeling solutions for 90nm technologies.

The program encompasses high frequency noise characterization and modeling for RF applications at nanometer process technologies, as well as circuit modeling verification and validation flow development based on IME's RF circuits and tests. The companies hope to facilitate the development of a mixed-mode RF circuit and a modeling validation methodology for advanced SoC applications.

"Advanced noise model development along with proven sample circuit verification flows are crucial for RF SoC development at 90nm and below," said S C Chien, vice president of UMC's Central Research and Development division, in a statement. "IME's extensive knowledge and design experience with MM/RF circuits will allow us to create high quality, accurate modeling solutions for issues such as thermal noise, and to help ensure accurate design-in for those customers wishing to develop advanced RF SoCs using UMC's most sophisticated technologies."

The joint efforts will take place at UMC's 300mm Fab 12i in Singapore. Fab 12i was Singapore's first 300mm fab, and features advanced automation systems and equipment such as state-of-the-art single wafer processing.

- EE Times

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