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MagnaChip, NNFC reach technology transfer agreement

Posted: 24 Jul 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Magnachip? NNFC? SOI RF? CMOS?

MagnaChip Semiconductor and the National Nano Fab Centre (NNFC) recently completed an SOI RF CMOS technology transfer agreement, combining MagnaChip's speciality manufacturing expertise with NNFC's robust RF technology. The two companies have targeted expansion into the emerging RF front-end module (FEM) foundry market.

"The technology transfer of NNFC's 0.18?m SOI RF CMOS is a significant addition to MagnaChip's growing list of process offerings that are available to its speciality foundry customers," said Namkyu Park, Senior Vice President of Marketing for MagnaChip's Semiconductor Manufacturing Services Division. "Our goal is to continue to offer the latest in differentiated technologies to meet the needs of our customers and partners in the fast-changing semiconductor market."

The technology agreement transfers 0.18?m SOI RF CMOS process technology to MagnaChip. This process technology is a core component of cellular phone FEMs. FEMs can replace existing compound semiconductor and silicon solutions with approximately 30 per cent reduced manufacturing process steps. This reduces manufacturing cost, accelerates time to market, while addressing the specific needs of 2/3/4G and LTE cellular systems.

The SOI RF CMOS technology is optimised for use in RF switches and antenna tuning applications, which have rapidly expanded as a result of the recent development trends in multi-band and multi-mode cellular phone designs. In addition to offering excellent switch performance, this technology enables a high level of integration including control, logic, monitoring and power. The resulting FEMs are lighter, thinner, smaller compared to FEMs using compound semiconductor and can be integrated with digital tunable capacitors, which are key elements of RF tuning circuits. As we look further into the future, FEMs may eventually be integrated with power amplifiers, leading to single-chip CMOS FEM solutions.

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