News | September 18, 2017

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces Enhanced RF SOI Process Design Kit For Use With CWS' SiPEX Design Solution

Enhanced PDK incorporates design productivity tool to further enhance high-performance RF SOI switches

GLOBALFOUNDRIES recently announced the availability of a new set of enhanced RF SOI process design kits (PDKs) to help designers improve their designs of RF switches and deliver differentiated RF front-end solutions for a wide range of markets including front-end modules for mobile devices, mmWave, 5G and other high-frequency applications.

GF’s advanced RF technology platform, 7SW SOI, is optimized for multi-band RF switching in next-generation smartphones and poised to drive innovation in Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Designed for use with Coupling Wave Solutions’ (CWS) simulation tool, SiPEX, GF’s 7SW SOI PDK allows designers to integrate RF switches with other critical RF blocks that are essential to the design of complex electronic systems for future RF communication chips. Specifically, this new capability allows designers to improve RF simulation output by simulating a highly-resistive substrate parasitic effect across their entire design.

“GF leads the industry in RFSOI technology, and we are committed to providing our customers with design productivity solutions for our RF processes,” said Bami Bastani, senior vice president of RF at GF. “CWS’ SiPEX tool provides our customers with best-in-class correlation between simulated results and real world measurements, further optimizing the design layout to achieve efficiency and deliver differentiated RF front-end solutions.”

“This is great news for the RF design community,” said Brieuc Turluche, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of CWS. “The integration of SiPEX into GF’s RF SOI PDKs is a major milestone to achieve first-time correct complex and optimized RF SOI designs for high-performing cellular, IoT, 5G and Wi-Fi communication chips.”

GF’s RF SOI technologies offer significant performance, integration and area advantages in front-end RF solutions for mobile devices and RF chips for high-frequency, high-bandwidth wireless infrastructure applications. CWS’ SiPEX accelerates the design of RF SOI switches by improving linearity simulation accuracy. It can also be effective in the design of low-noise amplifiers (LNA) and power amplifiers (PA), enabling designers to reduce their size to lower costs

SiPEX is available in the current release of GF’s 7SW SOI PDK.

About CWS

CWS is the leader in system-level interference analysis of complex designs incorporating RF and analog blocks. Currently, CWS offers two products: WaveIntegrity and SiPEX. Based on a unique harmonic analysis approach, WaveIntegrity is used by chip architects and designers to drive the chip design floorplanning. It is also used by package and PCB designers to integrate the noise-related design constraints in the final chip operational environment. SiPEX, already included in TowerJazz’s CS18 and STM’s H9 SOI FEM Process Design Kits, improves the linearity of RF SOI designs and accurately models and simulates critical RF functions for 5G and IoT communications. Founded in 2005, CWS’ offices are located in Paris, Grenoble, France and San Jose, CA, USA. For more information, visit www.cwseda.com.

About GF:

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a leading full-service semiconductor foundry providing a unique combination of design, development, and fabrication services to some of the world’s most inspired technology companies. With a global manufacturing footprint spanning three continents, GLOBALFOUNDRIES makes possible the technologies and systems that transform industries and give customers the power to shape their markets. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Mubadala Investment Company. For more information, visit http://www.globalfoundries.com.

SOURCE: GLOBALFOUNDRIES