MIGDAL HAEMEK, ISRAEL & LES LOGES EN JOSAS, FRANCE: TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, 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 Indium Phosphide (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.
Markets for VectraWave’s devices are high speed logic circuits for RF communication equipment, long haul/ultra long haul 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.”