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MagnaChip, Peregrine ramp up on UltraCMOS RFIC, DuNE DTCs

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UltraCMOSÿRFIC? DuNE DTC? RF impedance tuning? smaller die? higher yields?

MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. and Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. have revealed that MagnaChip has increased production of Peregrine's STeP5 UltraCMOS technology-based RFIC product line, including the DuNE digitally tunable capacitors (DTCs) for RF impedance tuning. The firms announced the final qualification and high-volume production ramp of the STeP5 UltraCMOS process in 3Q11.

Current generations of UltraCMOS, an advanced form of silicon-on-insulator technology, use a sapphire substrate, which enables high levels of monolithic integration, and results in smaller die, higher yields and fewer external components than other competing compound semiconductor processes. Distinctive generations of the UltraCMOS process are released in STePs. The products are produced at MagnaChip's Cheongju, South Korea facility, where MagnaChip also manufactures Peregrine's legacy STeP3 and STeP4 UltraCMOS devices in high volume.

"It is important for MagnaChip to engage with partners who are solving the RF-design challenges associated with the latest 4G LTE networks, and Peregrine Semiconductor is one of those partners," noted Namkyu Park, VP of marketing for MagnaChip's foundry division. "We are pleased with the successful ramp and rapid expansion of the STeP5 UltraCMOS product line, including the DuNE DTCs for RF impedance matching. MagnaChip's manufacturing expertise, combined with our customers' design capabilities, will allow us to continue to provide robust and cost-competitive manufacturing solutions to our customers."

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