Antenna and RF silicon design work: imec and HiSilicon, Agilent and OSAT Company partner

February 28, 2012 — HiSilicon and imec have signed a strategic research collaboration to develop innovative RF transceiver architectures for next-generation mobile terminals. With the partnership, HiSilicon joins imec’s R&D program on cognitive reconfigurable radio to jointly conceive low-power and compact high-performance reconfigurable RF transceivers leveraging on state-of-the-art CMOS technology.

Imec’s cognitive reconfigurable radio front-end program investigates reconfigurable RF solutions, high-speed/low-power analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and new approaches to digitize future RF architectures and minimize antenna interface requirements. Circuit architectures and designs are rethought in the context of aggressively scaled technology (high intrinsic speed of the nanoscale transistors), The aim is small, cost-, performance- and power-competitive reconfigurable radio transceivers in 28nm digital CMOS technology covering all key broadband communication standards.

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Further information on imec can be found at

HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. provides ASICs and solutions for communication network and digital media.


OSAT Company, which specializes in engineering analysis, testing and inspection techniques, is using Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) Electromagnetic Professional software, EMPro, and the Momentum 3-D planar electromagnetic simulator to design and simulate innovative new antennas and circuits.

EMPro is a 3-D modeling and simulation platform, used to analyze electrical performance for packages, connectors, antennae, and other RF components, with Agilent’s Advanced Design System software. Momentum is used for passive circuit modeling and analysis. Momentum is integrated with both ADS and Genesys RF and microwave design software, as well as third-party tools.

Advanced Design System is an electronic design automation software for communications applications, using X-parameters and 3-D electromagnetic simulators. For more information about Agilent ADS, visit

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a measurement company. Information about Agilent is available at

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