Atmel Rolls Process Design Kit for Agilent's RF Design Environment

8/12/2003 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced they will support Agilent Technologies' software design platform, RF Design Environment (RFDE), which will give the design engineering community complete access to RFDE, the industry-leading large-scale RF/mixed-signal IC design solution for high frequency wireless, wireline and aerospace/defense applications.

RFDE from Agilent makes important frequency-domain and mixed-signal-domain simulation technologies available to RF/mixed-signal designers from within the Cadence environment. The simulation technologies in RFDE allow quick and accurate performance analyses in the design phase that can enable significant improvements in product performance and time-to-market.

Incorporating RFDE within the existing Atmel process design kit (PDK) gives the wireless systems design engineer an advanced tool that is seamlessly integrated into their design environment, reducing infrastructure support costs and improving efficiency.

"We're very pleased with Atmel's decision to support the RF Design Environment for their AT46000 SiGe process," said Riccardo Giacometti, foundry program manager, Agilent EEs of EDA Division. "This gives our mutual customers access to a comprehensive RFIC design solution that is tightly integrated into the Cadence environment. We know how important it is for our customers to get their circuits out on schedule, and we believe that users of the AT46000 process will save a significant amount of time using this new, integrated PDK together with RFDE."

"Having RFDE inside our design kit gives our customers an advantage of utilizing Agilent's proven expertise in RF/mixed-signal designs without the overhead of supporting separate environments throughout their design cycle," said Donald Kolarik, Design Kit Manager for Atmel's AT46000 process. "Our customers get the efficiency and accuracy of the Agilent software within a familiar environment."

In 1998 Atmel acquired a 0.8-micron SiGe bipolar technology. Atmel in Colorado Springs has integrated this bipolar technology with existing 0.35-micron BiCMOS capability allowing system-level IC design with mixed RF, analog and digital. Atmel's AT46000 SiGe BiCMOS process is suitable for IC design applications in telecommunications and high-speed data up to 12 GHz. This process offers designers transistor speeds of 50 GHz, at 3.3-volt CMOS with a 5.0-volt I/O option, and a complete CMOS digital standard cell library. The AT46000 process is the first of several SiGe BiCMOS processes offered in Atmel's roadmap. Atmel offers quarterly MPW runs as well as assembly and test services for all of the SiGe BiCMOS processes.

Atmel's RFDE kit is available now.

About Atmel
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

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