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SMIC partners with Cascade, Agilent for RFIC design, test

Posted: 20 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RFIC? RF design? EDA solution? Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.? SMIC?

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and Cascade Microtech announced their partnership to provide RF design engineers in China immediate access to RF wafer-level test services for the development of advanced RFICs. In line with this, SMIC has inaugurated a new design service open lab in Shanghai to support mixed-signal RFIC development.

The collaboration is expected to provide RF designers in greater China access to the latest wafer-level RF testing technology. The lab will be equipped with high-performance, high-frequency measurement instrumentation, including Cascade's S300 300mm probe station and M150 150mm probe station.

In a separate announcement, SMIC and Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the establishment of the SMIC-Agilent RFIC Joint Lab to provide strong technical support to the R&D, design, tape-out and test for wireless communications RFIC and its modules as well as mobile communications terminals in China.

The establishment of the lab will promote the design capability of RFIC design companies, reduce time for tape-out design, enhance one-time success rate, and ensure faster time to market for RFIC companies.

Located in SMIC, the joint lab adopts Agilent's EDA solutions, model creating systems and RF microwave measurement equipments. According to SMIC, the lab will be equipped with advanced capabilities in RF design simulation, up to 40GHz parameter abstraction and model creating, and up to 40GHz wafer-level and board-level measurement. Customers can benefit from not only precise measurement data at both wafer level and board level, but also professional technical support and consulting services from the Lab.

"There are more challenges designers face when developing mixed-signal RFICs in higher frequencies at geometries below 90nm," said Lee Yang, SMIC design service, Shanghai. "We chose the combined Cascade Microtech and Agilent Technologies wafer prober test system to provide the design market in China with the world's best expertise for wafer-level metrology."

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