Design software house Applied Wave Research (AWR) and foundry austriamicrosystems AG introduced an Open Access process design kit (PDK) for austriamicrosystems' S35 0.35-micron silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS semiconductor process. The process is optimized for RF integrated circuits (RFICs) operating at frequencies to 10 GHz and higher. The PDK matches the simulation capabilities of AWR's Analog Office RFIC design environment to the SiGe process for faster IC development with improved yields. The PDK includes Monte Carlo simulation models and a set of Open Access (www.si2.org) PyCells that represent a variety of devices, including NMOS and PMOS transistors, capacitors, resistors, and spiral inductors.

According to Hannes Koreimann, Director of Marketing Business Unit Full Service Foundry at austriamicrosystems, "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. This PDK gives our mutual customers the benefit of using austriamicrosystems high-performance S35 SiGe BiCMOS process with the innovative software solution from AWR."