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TowerJazz's SiGe BiCMOS process technologies chosen by SWID.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-June 20, 2011-TowerJazz's SiGe BiCMOS process technologies chosen by SWID(C)1994-2011 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

Fabless IC design company Southwest Integrated Circuit Design (SWID) and speciality foundry TowerJazz announced on Monday that SWID has selected TowerJazz's SiGe BiCMOS process technologies to develop its latest RF integrated circuits (ICs).

No financial details were disclosed.

SWID has also announced the availability of an integrated walkie-talkie chip (XN239) and a low noise amplifier (XN255) to complement its integrated RF tuner.

The XN239 is manufactured using TowerJazz's SBC35 process and is a multi-functional transceiver chip for walkie-talkies. It includes a built-in power detector, as well as an MPU to perform functional control through a serial interface. It offers radio frequency of 460Mhz; first-order IF (intermediate frequency) of 21.7Mhz; and 2nd IF of 450Khz or 455Khz.

The XN255 is built using TowerJazz's SBC18 process and is a low noise amplifier (LNA) for GPS applications. SiGe BiCMOS technology enables the high gain and low noise required for sensitive GPS receivers. The product can be operated with a 2.7V-3.3V voltage source and its current consumption is 3mA, with an idle current less than 10uA.

Tower Jazz is the brand name of Tower Semiconductor Ltd (Nasdaq:TSEM) (TASE:TSEM) and its fully owned US subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor.

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