Cambridge, England: Plextek, the electronics and communications design consultancy, is cooperating with TriQuint Semiconductor, an RF products manufacturer and foundry services provider, on a co-marketing agreement. The agreement adds Plextek to TriQuint’s third-party RF design resources Web site, which refers TriQuint’s foundry services customers to proven, specialist RF design services.
Plextek has a history of full custom gallium-arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave IC (MMIC) designs for a range of applications, including millimeter-wave ICs for broadband wireless access, wide-band low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), limiters, and frequency converters for ESM systems and precision attenuators for instrumentation. It has designed more than 40 full custom ICs on a range of foundries and processes including TriQuint’s fabs in both Oregon and Texas.
“Through our RFIC and MMIC design services we can help TriQuint customers to get the most from TriQuint’s foundry manufacturing processes whilst plugging any internal knowledge gaps or resource limitations,” says Liam Devlin, director of RF Integration at Plextek.
“Our chip designers come from commercial backgrounds, with experience of taking IC designs from conception through to high-volume manufacture and are aware of the issues associated with packaging, verification, validation, production test, yield, and cost, thus ensuring customers achieve the optimum result,” Devlin says.