GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Catena partner to provide next-generation RF connectivity solutions for wireless markets

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced it has partnered with Catena, a developer of Radio Frequency (RF) Communication IPs for connectivity, to offer complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions for System-on-Chip (SoC) designers targeting mobile, Internet-of-Things (IoT), RF connectivity markets.

Today, designers need an optimized, highly integrated wireless connectivity solution to satisfy the ever-increasing low-power and cost requirements of mobile platforms, wearables and other IoT devices. GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 28nm Super Low Power (SLP) technology with integrated RF, combined with Catena’s silicon-proven RF IPs offer a power-efficient solution that provides on-chip features that can be easily integrated into customer applications.

“We are delighted to partner with GLOBALFOUNDRIES for the development of Catena´s next generation connectivity solutions,” says Mats Carlsson, Director for Business Development at Catena. “This partnership gives Catena access to advanced technology nodes supporting our comprehensive technology roadmap for Wi-Fi and BT connectivity. A close cooperation with leading foundries such as GLOBALFOUNDRIES together with the latest innovations from Catena offers our customers new levels of product performance, reliability and scalability, and it enables us to push the envelope of integrated RF Front-End innovation. The validation results of Catena´s first 28nm-SLP silicon for RF applications correlate well with simulations.”

“Catena’s IP skills and competencies in wireless RF mixed signal technologies, coupled with GLOBALFOUNDRIES RF solution enables us to further strengthen our leadership in wireless connectivity and connected devices,” said Peter Rabbeni, director of RF product marketing and business development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “With customer silicon content increasing with each new generation of smartphone the demand for these chips is rapidly increasing. Partnering with Catena enables us to expand our expertise and capabilities and provide radio power solutions for highly integrated mobile applications.”

Based on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 28nm-SLP technology with HKMG, the process technology includes a comprehensive set of design capabilities enabling chip designers to integrate critical RF SoC functionality into their products. The technology is designed for the next generation of connected devices that require low standby power and long battery life integrated with RF/wireless functionality. The technology is enabled with key RF features, including core and I/O (1.5V/1.8V) transistor RF models along with 5V LDMOS devices, which simplifies RF SoC design.

Catena’s Connectivity RF IP portfolio includes optimized, very low power Bluetooth Smart radio, Bluetooth Smart Ready radio, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac 1×1, 2×2 and 4×4 MIMO) radios and combo Bluetooth / Wi-Fi radio. The radio IPs are available/under development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm-SLP technology, and may be ported to alternatives based on customer requirements. Solutions for GNSS/FM broadcast systems are also found in the offerings of Catena.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 28nm-SLP technology is the first in the industry to provide design enablement support optimized to meet low power and cost requirements of integrated RF SoCs. The technology utilizes the companies’ production-proven, 28nm-SLP silicon-validated design flows, which include a complete set of libraries, compilers, and complex IP.

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