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Enhanced design of GAAS in Europe

Objective

- Demonstration of effective, working, user-friendly links between existing different European CAD tools, to be exploited commercially as new product enhancements.

-The project will allow users to complement their existing investments in CAD products from US vendors (in particular from HP-EEsof) with a set of easy-to-use extensions and links to European CAD tools/models offering added user value.

-Major enhancements to existing CAD interface formats will be demonstrated through the provision of direct access to MMIC foundry library modules. Furthermore, the consortium intend to work towards a common European style of user interface.

-New analysis techniques will be provided for MMICs which are complex, multi-function and operating in strongly non-linear and/or low-power regimes.

-An advanced, standardised, non-linear FET model will be delivered for at least two of the foundry processes represented in the consortium, using a synthesis of the best available research ideas, including a unified, physics-constrained model.

The overall objective of EDGE is to provide a new, user-oriented and commercially-driven CAD resource to support high-frequency analogue design in Europe, specifically targeting linear and non-linear MMICs, as well as interconnect structures, for operation from 0.1 GHz to 100 GHz and beyond. The project's main outside industrial impact will be through enabling shorter time-to-market and reduced cost for successful circuit realisation in several key application sectors with major growth potential in the microwave, RF and mm-wave area, especially those related to Si- and GaAs-based components for wireless communications.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland

Participants (6)

Barnard Microsystems
United Kingdom
Address
Crouch Hill 134
N8 9DX London
Dassault Electronique
France
Address
Quai Marcel Dassault 55
92214 Saint-cloud
GAAS Code
United Kingdom
Address
St John's Innovation Centre Cowley Road
CB4 4WS Cambridge
GEC Marconi Materials Technology Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Caswell
NN12 8EQ Towcester
Jansen Microwave Gmbh
Germany
Address
Kackertstrasse 16-18
52072 Aachen
Laboratoires D'electronique Philips
France
Address
Avenue Descartes 22
94453 Limeil Brevannes