TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TPSCo), the leading analog foundry in Japan, today announced the development of the first 65nm millimeter wave (mmWave) 110GHz RFCMOS platform targeted for a variety of applications, such as wireless communication (60~77GHz), automotive radar (57~86, mostly 77GHz), and imaging and scanning (100GHz), among others.
TowerJazz and TPSCo are expanding their mmWave platform capabilities by introducing new process modules and comprehensive validated EDA tools and modeling, targeted to support a larger application segment. The platform supports 110GHz with state of the art RF modeling for MOSFETs, inductors and transmission lines, a very large set of metal combination and a full set of RFCMOS elements. RF applications such as WiFi 802.11, Wireless HDMI, and WiGi that require 65nm mmWave technology can now utilize modeling capabilities up to 110GHz. In addition, this platform is automotive qualified at TPSCo's 300mm fab in Uozu, Japan, considered one of the best fabs in the automotive industry.
According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the millimeter wave technology market was valued at $208.1 million in 2014. According to the above mentioned report, this market is expected to grow at a 43% CAGR rate in the near future. The North American millimeter wave technology market is expected to grow from $96.1 million in 2014 to $782.9 million by 2020, driven by growing applications in the mobile and telecom sectors. TowerJazz anticipates its growth to surpass the overall market growth as customers move from III-V technology to silicon-based technology with either SiGe or RF CMOS.
"Expanding our 65nm RFCMOS automotive platform into the mmWave regime is a mandatory part of our global MS/CMOS and RFCMOS roadmap in order to provide a comprehensive and total solution for our automotive customers in Europe and to our wireless customers in the U.S., Europe and across the board," said Ilan Rabinovich, Vice President and GM of MS/CMOS Business Unit at TowerJazz. "This is yet an additional expansion of our offering in this marketplace. Having both advanced SiGe solutions and a 65nm Si-based RF platform enables our customers maximum flexibility in selecting the right technology for their specific application." For more information on the 65nm mmWave 110GHz CMOS platform, please contact TPSCo through its portal: https://www.tpsemico.com/technology#tab_design-enablement.