Coupling Wave Solutions, S.A. (CWS), a leader in solutions for
interference analysis in complex chip designs incorporating RF and
analog blocks, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor
leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics
applications, today announced that they partnered together to reduce
time-to-market for high-performance radio frequency (RF)
silicon-on-insulator (SOI) designs. RF Designers and design managers
will now be able to enhance their designs of RF SOI switches that propel
the next generation cellular and Wi-Fi communication chips.
STMicroelectronics’ product development kits with SiPEX are available
“We are thrilled to partner with STMicroelectronics to provide our
customers with a breakthrough design productivity solution,” said Brieuc
Turluche, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer
of CWS. “SiPEX™ accurately models interactions between devices,
back-end-of-line, and silicon on insulator (SOI) substrates enabling RF
Front End Module designers to fully simulate layout and design changes
in less than 15 minutes, an accomplishment not possible until now. Our
tool also helps simulation take into account physical effects that were
only measurable on silicon in the past. This enhanced capability is
fundamental to successfully designing high-performance RF SOI switches
for the next generation communication chips.”
For the first time ever, with STMicroelectronics’ product development
kits, customers can simulate the impact of layout geometry on RF switch
losses and non-linearities (H2/H3 distortions), including active
devices, metal interconnects, and substrate contributions. This design
capability is empowered by the interaction of Spice models, Mentor XRC
tool, and the SiPEX substrate simulation tool. This is significant
because customers will now be able to design RF SOI Switches reaching a
level of performance never achieved before.
“RF front-end components are complex to design. The right design tool is
critical for our RF SOI customers to close the gap between simulation
and silicon measurements, and optimize the layout to achieve the best
linearity in their chips. Partnering with CWS allows our customers to
eliminate design re-spins and accelerate time-to-market,” said Cyril
Colin-Madan, head of Design Platform at STMicroelectronics.
Thanks to the SiPEX tool, substrate-aware RF switch simulation flow is
now part of the H9 SOI FEM PDK design kit which supports RF SOI designs
integrated in H9 SOI FEM technology for Cellular and Wi-Fi applications.
“By combining H9 SOI STM technology with substrate modeling via the CWS
tool, we produce the world’s highest performance SOI Switches for IoT
and Smart Phone applications,” said Greg Caltabiano, CEO of ACCO
SiPEX™ is available as a plug-in for generic interconnect parasitic
extraction tools including Mentor Graphics’ Calibre®.
CWS is the leading provider of parasitic extraction and activity
modeling tools for system-level interference analysis of complex designs
incorporating RF and analog blocks, targeting SOI applications or
advanced bulk process nodes including 28nm and below. CWS’ unique
harmonic analysis approach allows for controlling and managing noise
issues throughout the design cycle from components, to packages, up to
and including board design. Wrapped in an “easy-to-deploy” software
bundle, WaveIntegrity™ is used by chip architects and designers to drive
the chip design floorplanning, and by package and PCB designers to
integrate the noise-related design constraints in the final chip
operational environment. Founded in 2003, CWS’ offices are located in
Paris and Grenoble, France, and San Jose, CA, USA. More information
about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cwseda.com.
ST is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and
energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at
the heart of everyday life. ST’s products are found everywhere today,
and together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and
smarter factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of
mobile and Internet of Things devices. By getting more from technology
to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
In 2015, the Company’s net revenues were $6.90 billion, serving more
than 100,000 customers worldwide. Further information can be found at www.st.com.
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