GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) announced the availability of a new set of enhanced RF SOI process design kits (PDK) to improve the design of RF switches and deliver differentiated RF front-end solutions for a wide range of markets, including mobile devices, millimeter wave, 5G and other high frequency applications.

GF’s advanced RF technology platform, 7SW SOI, is optimized for multi-band RF switching in next-generation smartphones and is poised to drive innovation in IoT applications. Designed for use with Coupling Wave Solutions’ (CWS) simulation tool, SiPEX™, GF’s 7SW SOI PDK enables designers to integrate RF switches with other RF blocks essential to the design of RF communication ICs and complex electronic systems. This new capability allows designers to improve RF simulation by modeling a highly resistive substrate parasitic effect across the design.

GF’s RF SOI technologies offer significant performance, integration and area advantages in front-end RF solutions for mobile devices and RFICs for high frequency, high bandwidth wireless infrastructure. CWS’ SiPEX accelerates the design of RF SOI switches by improving the simulation accuracy of linearity. It is also effective in the design of low noise amplifiers (LNA) and power amplifiers (PA), enabling designers to reduce die size to lower costs.

Bami Bastani, senior vice president of RF at GF, said, “GF leads the industry in RFSOI technology, and we are committed to providing our customers with design productivity solutions for our RF processes. CWS’ SiPEX™ tool provides our customers with best-in-class correlation between simulated results and real world measurements, further optimizing the design layout to achieve efficiency and deliver differentiated RF front-end solutions.”

Brieuc Turluche, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of CWS, said, “This is great news for the RF design community. The integration of SiPEX into GF’s RF SOI PDKs is a major milestone to achieve first-time correct complex and optimized RF SOI designs for high-performing cellular, IoT, 5G and Wi-Fi communication chips.”

SiPEX™ is available in the current release of GF’s 7SW SOI PDK. For more information on the company’s RF SOI solutions, contact your GF sales representative or go to