|[November 06, 2006]
Mirics Chooses Jazz Semiconductor's SiGe BiCMOS Process to Introduce a Poly-Band Tuner for Mobile Broadcast Reception
HAMPSHIRE, U.K. & NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Mirics Semiconductor, a provider of innovative solutions for the mobile broadcast receiver market, today announced it has partnered with Jazz Semiconductor, an independent wafer foundry, to deliver its breakthrough device, the MSI001 poly-band tuner for mobile digital broadcast reception, currently available. Mirics designed its product using Jazz Semiconductor's high-volume silicon germanium BiCMOS (SiGe BiCMOS) process to develop a high performance, low power consumption mobile broadcast receiver. Mirics' breakthrough technology enables OEMs to design a single platform for mobile TV and radio, independent of standards or regional differences.
The MSI001 is a universal broadcast receiver that enables designers of mobile phones, portable media players and PDAs to easily add mobile broadcast reception to support any global standard. Samples of the MSI001, manufactured in the first quarter of this year, were based on first-pass silicon from Jazz. By leveraging SBC35, Jazz Semiconductor's 0.35-micron SiGe BiCMOS process platform, and utilizing its sophisticated analog and RF design flow and modeling infrastructure, Mirics engineers were able to achieve results quickly and achieve functional, first-pass silicon.
Jazz Semiconductor's SBC35 is a low-power, cost-effective solution for consumer, wireless and networking applications. Designers have the flexibility of using any combination of three bipolar (NPN) transistors, each of which provides a different optimization for power and speed. Offering a transistor with a peak Ft of 62GHz, SBC35 is a clear choice for innovative, high-performance applications. In addition to the three bipolar (NPN) transistor types, SBC35 also includes 3.3 volt CMOS, deep trench isolation, lateral PNP transistors, MIM and MIS capacitors, high-performance varactors, poly and nwell resistors and high-Q inductors. Other available SBC35 options include a triple-well, high performance vertical PNP, three or four layers of metal, and a thick top-metal. SBC35 is part of Jazz's portfolio of SiGe technology targeting next generation wireless, consumer and wireline products that includes a very high performance 0.18-micron node (SBC18), supporting speeds of up to 200GHz, and a recently announced ultra low power 0.13-micron node (SBL13), supporting very high levels of integration.
The MSI001 chip is highly price-competitive and the most technically advanced product of its type. The poly-band tuner is capable of receiving a vast range of digital broadcast standards, including DVB-H, T-DMB, ISDB-T, DAB-IP, MediaFlo, DAB, DRM and AM/FM, solving the fragmentation problem faced by manufacturers that want to offer all these capabilities in one device. Mirics also designed the chip to be configured for the reception of other standards, or unknown future standards, i.e., the forthcoming Chinese MDTV standards, without any cost or performance penalty. The device provides coverage for all major broadcast bands ranging from 100KHz -1.9GHz (covering LW/MW/SW, L-Band and VHF Bands II, III, and UHF Bands IV and V). MSI001 also has the lowest power consumption of any tuner announced to date, for instance using a mere 46mA in continuous DVB-H operation in the L-Band.
"By utilizing Jazz's 0.35-micron SiGe BiCMOS process, the production cycle for the MSI001 was fast and easy to facilitate, an important factor in the fast-growing mobile broadcast receiver market," said Simon Atkinson, CEO of Mirics. "The combination of Jazz's advanced process technology and design flow support with our strong silicon development team and leading RF technology enabled us to develop a tuner that is unmatched in performance and power consumption, and we are able to offer it at a very competitive price."
"Our 0.35 micron SiGe BiCMOS process has been helping our customers achieve the demanding performance specifications and cost targets of wireless and wireline transceivers, and is now being increasingly adopted for tuner applications," said Marco Racanelli, vice president of technology and engineering at Jazz Semiconductor. "In addition to providing strong performance, its proven design environment is helping customers achieve first pass success in these demanding applications, speeding their time to market."
Pricing and Availability
Mirics' MSI001 chip is available now, with prices starting from $3.50 (10,000 units).
Mirics Semiconductor Inc. is a start-up RF and mixed signal fabless semiconductor company delivering innovative solutions for the mobile broadcast receiver market. Founded in 2004 and based in Hampshire, U.K., Mirics has brought together a strong silicon development team with extensive experience in RF technology, wireless/algorithms, IP, silicon delivery and system architecture. Mirics' first commercial product, the MSI001, is the world's first true poly-band tuner and represents the most technologically advanced product of its type. Mirics employs a fabless business model with early stage funding from Pond Venture Partners, Europe's largest early-stage technology fund. Operating in a market that is conservatively expected to exceed $1 billion by 2010, Mirics is well-positioned to gain an important first mover advantage in this rapidly emerging market. www.mirics.com
About Jazz Semiconductor
Jazz Semiconductor is an independent wafer foundry primarily focused on specialty CMOS process technologies, including High Voltage CMOS, SiGe BiCMOS and RFCMOS for the manufacture of highly integrated analog and mixed-signal semiconductor devices. The company's specialty process technologies are designed for customers who seek to produce analog and mixed-signal semiconductor devices that are smaller and more highly integrated, power-efficient, feature-rich and cost-effective than those produced using standard process technologies. Jazz customers target the wireless and high-speed wireline communications, consumer electronics, automotive and industrial end markets. Jazz executive offices and its U.S. wafer fabrication facilities are located in Newport Beach, Calif. On September 26, 2006, Jazz Semiconductor, Inc. and Acquicor Technology Inc. (AMEX:AQR) announced that they have entered into a merger agreement. The merger is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2007, subject to a number of closing conditions. For more information, please visit www.jazzsemi.com.
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