Mentor, austriamicrosystems Debut HIT-Kit for Mixed Signal, RF Designs

5/14/2003 - austriamicrosystems AG announced the extension of its design environment support based on the Mentor Graphics® IC design flow. This includes high-performance design kits (HIT-Kits) for analog/mixed-signal (AMS) and radio frequency (RF) designs on austriamicroysystems' 0.35 CMOS and BiCMOS process technologies. The HIT-Kit comes complete with custom analog and RF devices as well as standard cells and IOs, enabling rapid design starts of complex mixed-signal ICs.

"Through the use of these comprehensive HIT-Kits, which have been optimized and qualified with the tools in the Mentor Graphics® IC flow, customers can expect shorter design cycles and confidently plan for first-time silicon success," stated Rainer Holzhaider, director, foundry services, austriamicrosystems. "Our dedicated design support services provided by our highly experienced foundry engineering staff is only a phone call away both in Europe and the Americas, which has been one of our key differentiators."

austriamicrosystems' 0.35 process nodes are especially attractive for small to mid-size projects - they provide a low barrier to entry in terms of significantly lower mask count and NRE charges without sacrificing on analog/RF performance.

"Our excellence in analog device modeling, including advanced statistical techniques such as Monte-Carlo and corner analysis, yields highly accurate EldoTM simulation models that eliminate the need to re-characterize silicon,' said Douglas Pattullo, design support manager in austriamicrosystems' North American office. "In turn, customers benefit from dramatic savings on costly re-spins and rapid turn-around times."

"The austriamicrosystems HIT-Kits are based on Mentor's tightly integrated RF/mixed-signal IC design tool suite which offers major advantages," said Jue-Hsien Chern, vice president and general manager, deep submicron division, Mentor Graphics. "Designers can set up and control all types of simulations within a consistent user interface, including time-domain and RF simulations with Eldo and Eldo RF tools, as well as mixed-signal simulations through the ADVance MS tool."

Design Kit Details
The 0.35 AMS and RF HIT-Kits contain a complete set of analog, RF, standard cell, and IO components necessary to rapidly get designs off the ground using Mentor Graphics tools. This includes schematic symbols for the Design Architect®-IC tool with pre-defined properties for the Eldo tool and the ADVance MS simulation tool, device generators and process definition files that can automate layout entry in the IC Station® tool, and the "golden foundry" Calibre® DRC/LVS rule files. More details about the Mentor-based HIT-Kit can be found at and at

The austriamicrosystems HIT-Kit for 0.35 CMOS and RF-CMOS is available now, and the BiCMOS design kit will be ready in June 2003.

About austriamicrosystems
With headquarters near Graz, Austria, austriamicrosystems AG is one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of highly integrated mixed signal ICs. austriamicrosystems combines more than 20 years of design capabilities, product and marketing know-how with a full service silicon foundry specialized in mixed signal, RF and HV technologies. Operating worldwide with more than 800 employees, austriamicrosystems is organized in four strategic business units: Communications, Automotive, Industrial & Medical and Full Service Foundry. austriamicrosystems' Full Service Foundry has successfully established itself in the mixed signal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, high-voltage CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS processes. The full service package includes analog process characterization, advanced design kits with high precision simulation models, reliable analog and digital libraries, extensive design and layout support, fast prototyping and full backend capabilities. With superior support during the design phase, including high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems is an attractive analog mixed-signal foundry partner, especially for fabless companies and design houses. Additional information can be found on Internet

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $600 million and employs approximately 3,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics, Calibre, Design Architect and IC Station are registered trademarks and Eldo and ADVance MS are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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