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GlobalFoundries, imec join forces on RF CMOS

Posted: 18 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Internet of Things? 4G? LTE? mobile device? radio?

GlobalFoundries is collaborating with imec, a nanoelectronics research centre based in the Netherlands, to research on future radio architectures and designs targeted at highly integrated mobile devices and Internet of Things applications.

Today, a typical mobile device must support up to 28 bands for worldwide 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE network connectivity, and more complex carrier aggregation schemes and additional frequency bands are expected for future generations.

These challenges are driving the need for an agile radio that integrates many of the separate components into one piece of silicon, including power amplifiers, antenna switches and tuners, and provides a solution which is both flexible and low cost.

The foundry will collaborate with technical experts from imec to investigate low-power and compact high-performance agile radio solutions that will enable a broad range of radio architecture designtargeting improvements in area, performance and power consumption.

It will also leverage its CMOS technology to jointly develop ultra-low power IC design solutions. Ultimately, the partnership aims to build a technology and design infrastructure that will enable future RF architectures while minimising critical interface requirements for radio power consumption and performance.

"This collaboration expands our relationship with imec, and we're eager to leverage their R&D expertise in RF technology to accelerate time-to-volume of designs and deliver leading-edge RF technology to our customers," said Peter Rabbeni, director RF Segment Marketing at GlobalFoundries.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times Europe

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