London, England and Unterpremstaetten, Austria -- November 3, 2008 - AWR and austriamicrosystems AG today introduced an Open Access based process design kit (PDK) for austriamicrosystems S35 0.35-µm silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS process technology that is optimized for circuits operating up to 10 GHz and beyond. The design kit lets users take full advantage of the industry-leading fabrication capabilities of austriamicrosystems together with AWR's Analog Office RFIC design suite.

The PDK includes Monte Carlo simulation models and a set of Open Access ( PyCells, developed using Ciranova's PyCell Studio. Available devices include a wide array of high-speed and high-voltage bipolar transistors, NMOS and PMOS transistors, capacitors, resistors, and spiral inductors along with electrostatic discharge and RF pad structures. The PDK also includes all electromagnetic (EM) stack-up information required to perform EM analysis and parasitic extraction from within the Analog Office design environment using AWR's EM Socket™ interface.

"One of our European customers will be using our advanced S35 process together with AWR's Analog Office software for their latest high frequency designs," said Hannes Koreimann, Director Marketing Business Unit Full Service Foundry at austriamicrosystems. "This PDK gives our mutual customers the benefit of using austriamicrosystems high performance S35 SiGe BiCMOS process with the innovative software solution from AWR."

"There have been numerous requests to add austriamicrosystems' advanced S35 process to our PDK offering," said Graeme Ritchie, Product Manger - Analog Office at AWR. "I'm very pleased now to be able to offer this SiGe PDK to AWR's Analog Office users and to leverage its cross tool accessibility via its Open Access roots."

Pricing and Availability
The Analog Office RFIC PDK supporting austriamicrosystems S35 process is available now. Readers should contact their local AWR office for more information.