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Jazz fortifies post in analog, mixed-signal markets

Posted: 14 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:analog-intensive mixed signal initiative? RFCMOS? specialty CMOS? analog-intensive components?

Jazz Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jazz Technologies Inc., has launched a new initiative to strengthen its position in analog-intensive markets.

Under the Analog-Intensive Mixed-Signal (AIMS) initiative, Jazz is offering modular AIMS technologies including RFCMOS and specialty CMOS technologies such as BiCMOS, SiGe BiCMOS and high voltage CMOS along with extending its tools to achieve complex designs quickly and accurately in its target segment.

"Over the next 18 months, Jazz will announce new process offerings and services that support this aggressive initiative," said Gil Amelio, Jazz chairman and CEO. "We expect new specialty technology options and new AIMS design enablement tools we have in development will extend our rich history of leadership in the analog-intensive mixed-signal market."

Enabling faster design
AIMS technologies offer IC technologies that allow analog components to be manufactured in cost-effective specialty silicon platforms. This allows consumer applications such as wireless personal area networks, portable GPS systems, and TV tuners in cellphones and PCs. According to Jazz, its specialty AIMS technology solutions are based on a modular RFCMOS platform that enables innovative and high performance best of breed circuit designs. Built upon this platform, it provides enhanced RF capabilities with compatible modules including BiCMOS, SiGe BiCMOS, high voltage CMOS, bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD), SOI Switches and integrated MEMS technology. The company has pioneered this modular approach to provide customers with increased design flexibility, greater levels of integration and higher analog performance than what is currently available with CMOS technology. Jazz offers other RF technology enhancements such as a high performance Vertical PNP (VPNP) module to enable the design of analog circuits that require complementary drive or amplification beyond the capability of standard CMOS.

Jazz also enables faster time to revenue by providing state-of-the-art AIMS modeling platforms and advanced statistical analysis tools which allow customers to successfully design for manufacturability. Jazz fully supports the PSP model, an advanced surface potential based MOSFET model, at the 180nm node.

The PSP model permits IC designers to more accurately simulate RF circuits, a requirement for advanced AIMS designs. Jazz also offers a Process Control Model Tool (PCMT) which allows designers to close the loop between simulated results from their silicon models and actual results for their product designs. Moreover, the Jazz Inductor Toolbox (JIT), an advanced inductor design and modeling platform, enables customers to realize optimal design performance while reducing design cycle times.

"The high speed analog market is demanding higher performance, better noise margins and lower power along with digital gates," said Joanne Itow, managing director, Semiconductor Partners LLC. "These new high speed analog-intensive mixed-signal designs are ideal for a CMOS-based technology realized in a process like Jazz's 0.18?m platform with RF, SiGe and high-voltage extensions. Jazz's design kits facilitate increased creativity for analog designers with their wide variety of specialized process features."




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