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ENSERG/LPCS Selects BTA Technology to Improve Customers' Mixed-Signal Design Successes.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 2000

World Renowned European Engineering Research and

Development Center Uses BTA's Solutions to Better

Monitor Noise for Mixed-Signal Products

BTA Technology today announced that ENSERG/LPCS (France), the renowned engineering school that has agreements in the industrial and the research world, has purchased BTA's tools to better serve its worldwide customers that design mixed-signal components used in products such as cellular phones, DVD players, and digital cameras.

Initially, ENSERG/LPCS is adopting BTA's noise characterization system, comprised of the BTA9812A hardware and NoisePro software. With these tools, ENSERG/LPCS can now automate wafer-level measurements and provide measured data to its industrial customers. The measurement results will enable ENSERG/LPCS's industrial customers to obtain accurate insight into deep submicron noise characteristics and generate more accurate noise models at ever-smaller process geometries.

Gerard Ghibaudo, director of research at ENSERG's CNRS and vice president of ENSERG's LPCS, stated, "BTA's noise characterization solution allows us for the first time to automate our noise measurements. The combination of BTA's high-performance amplifier/microcontroller hardware and easy-to-use control software allows us to significantly speed up our throughput. To our knowledge, there is no other turnkey system like it on the market today."

Bob Xu, vice president of sales and marketing at BTA commented that ENSERG/LPCS's purchase of BTA's tools means that many of its customers will benefit from higher performing designs. "We are providing a fast, reliable noise characterization and modeling solution that is also accurate. Our noise characterization system can measure and model noise levels down to 1 nano-volt (equivalent to one billionth of a volt) per root Hertz. This means ENSERG/LPCS's customers that are designing SOCs for consumer end products such as cellular phones, DVD players, and digital cameras can potentially have clearer reception, better performance, and longer battery life."

Noise is an inherent characteristic of deep submicron devices and is closely related to semiconductor processing. The drive to design low noise chips for portable SOC designs has forced designers to seek increasingly more accurate noise models. Components that interface with the real world, such as A-to-D and D-to-A converters and amplifiers, are most at risk to noise characteristics. Generating models that correctly predict noise behavior until now has been very cumbersome and resulted in very slow turnaround times.

BTA's noise characterization system virtually automates noise data collection and model extraction down to few clicks of a mouse button. The system includes the BTA9812A hardware and NoisePro software. The BTA9812A hardware makes sure that valid noise data is properly amplified while unwanted noise from the measurement environment is filtered out. It includes a detachable, ultra low noise pre-amplifier and microcontroller unit that allows low frequency BJT, MOSFET, resistor, and diode noise measurements. The NoisePro software automates all hardware measurement operations, provides system noise floor calibrations, automatic noise measurements of multiple bias conditions, and noise model parameter extraction. BTA's noise characterization system can be used for both on wafer and packaged device measurements.


ENSERG/LPCS has a long activity (more than 20 years) in the field of device physics, electrical characterization, modeling, numerical simulation and reliability of microelectronics devices. The qualifications of scientists at the LPCS include all the relevant aspects for the LPCS part of the project. The LPCS was the coordinator of the previous ESPRIT-BRA project "NOISE" and ESPRIT-WG [[ULIS]], and has been involved in several other ESPRIT projects (SUBSOITEC, APBB, ADEQUAT).

The activities of the LPCS are oriented toward both strategic and fundamental objectives regarding future microelectronics. Its researchers, who are working in close collaboration with the industry, investigate deep submicron devices.

The LPCS is affiliated to both the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and the Engineer Sciences Section of the CNRS. Its staff consists of about 60 persons: 50 researchers and 10 engineers, technicians, and administration personnel. The various research fields in the LPCS include: characterization and modeling of microelectronics devices, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) structures, fluctuations and noise, and high temperature SiC devices.

About BTA Technology

BTA Technology Inc. provides innovative design solutions to ensure deep-submicron performance. The company's simulation tools ensure first-silicon success by simulating the effects of hot-carrier and device mismatch on circuit performance. These effects become vital for achieving accuracy in today's designs, especially those with geometries of 0.18 micron and below. In addition to design tools, BTA offers a comprehensive line of modeling tools. These tools emphasize accuracy, ease of use, and tight integration of advance modeling capabilities for SPICE DC/AC, interconnect, RF, noise, and reliability model parameter extraction. Lastly, BTA provides complete consulting services through BTA Labs, which is focused on solving modeling challenges for deep-submicron technology.

The company is headquartered at 1982A Zanker Rd., San Jose, CA 95112, phone 408/451-1210, fax 408/451-1211, email, web

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