Atmel offers 82-GHz SiGe process for foundry

Heilbronn, Germany – November 13th, 2000 – Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) announced today an upgrade of its high-volume production Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) technology for foundry. The new upgrade provides a higher frequency of up to 82 GHz for communications applications.

“After having shipped millions of SiGe products in the first quarters of this year, we decided to upgrade our process to even faster transistors,” said Frank Heinricht, Chief Executive Officer at Atmel Wireless & Micro-controllers. “To strengthen our business in the Communications market, we will offer this upgrade of our technology for our foundry customers and thus extend it into the transmission and high-speed fiber optics domain.”

The new technology therefore offers a transit frequency and a maximum oscillation frequency of 82 GHz while featuring a noise figure of 1.5 dB at 5 GHz. The available transistor types can be operated at 2.5 or 4.0 V, and are especially suited for low-voltage and low-power operation. Of course, state-of-the-art passive components like resistors, capacitors and inductors are available.
Atmel Wireless & Microcontrollers offers this process for foundry to its customers. A Design Manual as well as a Cadence Design Kit are available and prototype runs can be started now. For prototyping, customers can choose between a full engineering run or a die on multi-project-wafers, both to be delivered after 9 weeks.

SiGe, the latest semiconductor process for RF applications, provides an ideal platform for tomorrow’s solutions for the enormously expanding telecommunications market.… Read the rest