UMC ready for designs for new 65nm RF-CMOS process

October 11, 2007 – Taiwan foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) says it has qualified and begun accepting customer design-ins for its 65nm RF-CMOS process, targeting wireless SoC applications such as WiFi, WiMax, wireless USB and cellular.

The company claims it is engaged with several unidentified customers for the new RF process, which includes fundamental libraries, IP, and a transformer library, as well as full characterization reports, models with mismatch Monte Carlo simulation, advance HF noise model and foundry design kits (FDK), and RF SPICE models and ESD manuals and support.

“The SoC solution package offered with the 65nm RF technology makes it ideal for new designs, as well as customers wishing to migrate existing products to gain the dramatic performance advantages of the more advanced process,” noted Lee Chung, UMC’s VP of corporate marketing, in a statement.

The technology is a derivative of UMC’s standard 65nm CMOS logic process that was qualified in early 2006 and is now in volume production at its two 300mm fabs (Fab 12A in Taiwan and Fab 12i in Singapore). UMC says it has 11 customers for its 65nm CMOS process with >30 product tapeouts; 25 of those have been functionally validated, and seven are in volume production.


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