AWR and UMS Announce "Try the Power" GaAs MMIC Design Incentive Program

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & PARIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 27, 2008— AWR® and United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS) today announce Try the Power, an incentive program to provide new customers with the opportunity to bring gallium arsenide (GaAs) microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) design prototypes to market quickly and easily using AWRs Microwave Office electronic design automation (EDA) software and the UMS PPH25X foundry process design kit (PDK).

Try the Power includes free PDKs, a free 90-day lease for AWRs flagship high-frequency design software, Microwave Office® design suite, and a reduced-rate prototype development quickturn (PDQ) shared-wafer foundry run using the advanced UMS PPH25X process. The program commences 15 November 2008 and runs through 31 May 2009 (chips delivered).

UMS has developed and qualified for high frequency and high power designs the PPH25X pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) process. This process features a very high breakdown voltage, which provides high power density up to one watt per millimeter of gate periphery. Optimized small via-hole definitions through the 70µm substrates thickness can be directly connected to the sources of the transistors, thereby reducing parasitics and simplifying wideband amplifier designs. The very high performance of the PPH25X process (45GHz of Ft), makes it especially useful for power design at very high frequencies. The PPH25X process is fully qualified and open in foundry mode.

AWRs Microwave Office software encompasses all the tools essential for high-frequency design: linear and non-linear circuit simulators, electromagnetic (EM) analysis tools, integrated schematic and layout, statistical design capabilities, and parametric cell libraries with built-in design-rule check (DRC). The design suite provides innovative technology, flow and choice, delivering unprecedented ease-of-use, openness, and interoperability, as well as integration with best-in-class tools for each part of the design process.

Pricing and Availability

This limited time offer is available for start-up firms and new customers of UMS and AWR. Contact either of your UMS or AWR sales office for more information about timing, qualification, and program guidelines.

About AWR

AWR is the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software that dramatically reduces development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications. The companys core technology is unique among high-frequency EDA platforms in that it is inherently open and flexible. AWR continually strengthens its product portfolio with innovative new technologies that enable faster, more streamlined product development, the most recent of which are the ACE, RFA, and AXIEM tools. The privately-held company is headquartered at 1960 East Grand Avenue, Suite 430, El Segundo, Calif. 90245. For more information about AWR and its products, please visit

About UMS

United Monolithic Semiconductors designs, produces, and markets leading-edge RF, microwave and millimeter wave components and integrated circuits (ICs) for the telecommunications, space, defense, automotive and ISM industries. The company's strategy is to position itself as a one-stop supplier to the wireless microwave and millimeter-wave market, offering a broad range of standard and custom MMICs along with an open foundry service. The company has two production facilities, in Orsay, France, where its corporate headquarter is also located, and in Ulm, Germany. The company's products and technologies offer leading-edge performance and high volume capacity. Most technologies are available in open foundry service mode. The company is supported by a global network of representatives and distributors, and is committed to developing partnerships with application and sector specialists that can benefit from advanced III-V technologies. For more information about UMS and its products and services, please visit


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