TEXT-TowerJazz gets deal with VectraWave

(The following was issued by Israel’s TowerJazz (TSEM.O: )
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April 1 – TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader,
today announced that VectraWave has designed its first 40G high
speed coder circuit using a Silicon Germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS
process.

VectraWave chose TowerJazz’s SBC18HX process over
IndiumPhosphide (InP), the traditional semiconductor material
for choice for 40G circuits, due to its advantage of integrating
digital circuits on the same die enabling lower cost, lower
power consumption, better temperature compensation and smaller
total board area.

TowerJazz’s industry leading SBC18HX also provides a wide
variety of optimized process options and a well defined path to
higher performance while maintaining existing analog IP.

VectraWave is developing a family of products including 43
Gbps high speed logic integrated circuits with a sub family of
43 Gbps high speed coders.

In fact, VectraWave demonstrated a unique NRZ to RZ-DPSK
coder operating up to 43Gps in a less than 1 square mm surface.
Applications for these chips are data synchronization and fiber
transmission.

The markets for VectraWave’s devices are high speed logic
circuits for RF communication equipment, long haul/ultra
longhaul and metro access 10 to 100 Gbps optical networks.

Its family of high speed coders allows the conversion of 5
to 43 Gbps NRZ standard bit rates to the specific coding format
required by the optical fiber transmission link.

VectraWave’s 40G devices are using TowerJazz’s SBC18HX
process variant with a 155GHz Ft NPN.

Future opportunities for next-generation products include
levering the foundry’s 200GHz process for further high speed
logic functions and improved performance.

Since SiGe BiCMOS is manufactured using mainstream 200mm
wafers, new 40G circuits can leverage all of the advantages of
this process to deliver superior reliability and ruggedness.
Indium Phosphide is generally done on 75mm wafers, occasionally
on 100mm wafers, and is subject to brittleness and reliability
concerns.

“By choosing TowerJazz as our foundry partner, we were able
to realize many advantages with their SiGe BiCMOS process over
traditional InP solutions including reduced cost, lower power
consumption and smaller die size. We also enjoyed the benefits
of the company’s high degree of flexibility, reliability and
support,” said Yan Haentjens, Co-founder and President,
VectraWave.

“We required a partner that was focused on high speed
process technologies with a long term roadmap that aligned with
our product needs. TowerJazz offers successive generations of
its industry leading SiGe BiCMOS process which will help
VectraWave to continue developing innovative designs as we focus
on capturing market share with our next-generation products.”

“It’s exciting for TowerJazz to be on the forefront of
innovation with customers such as VectraWave. Our range of
technology and features allows them to create differentiated
high-speed products while taking advantage of our modular
0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS platform,” said Chuck Fox, Senior Vice
President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, TowerJazz.

“This type of partnership with VectraWave is significant as
it enables them an industry first and we look forward to
maintaining our relationship to produce their latest products
which are smaller and more energy efficient than previous
generations.”

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