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Cavendish Kinetics’ RF MEMS Tuner, Fabricated at TowerJazz, Sets New Industry Benchmark by Passing 50 Billion Cycle Testing
|By Business Wire
|June 3, 2014 06:00 AM EDT
the global specialty foundry leader, and Cavendish
Kinetics, today announced that Cavendish’s CK301 RF MEMS tuner has
passed the 50 billion cycles test with zero part failures. Additionally,
the parts have passed standard JEDEC and SEMI qualification and select
Mil-Std 883D and IEC tests. The CK301 RF MEMS tuner combines Cavendish’s
patented NanoMech™ MEMS technology with TowerJazz’s high voltage CMOS
and custom radio frequency interconnect processing, and has now been
released for volume production at TowerJazz.
“The cycling data is impressive, especially as the reliability has
exceeded the specifications from mobile phone makers by up to 100x” said
Dr. David Howard, TowerJazz Executive Director and Fellow. “The
monolithically integrated chip is designed for reliability and
manufacturability, and is taking full advantage of our standard
semiconductor process tooling and MEMS process experience.”
Cavendish’s first generation MEMS products, which include the CK301, are
innovative RF tuners specifically designed to overcome the antenna
performance challenges experienced in today’s LTE smartphones, which
have to support an ever growing number of operating modes and frequency
bands. In addition, larger displays and batteries, and ever thinner
form-factors further constrain the antenna volume available in
smartphones. Antenna Tuning is one of the most promising solutions to
enable multiband antenna performance, but existing tuning solutions do
not provide the characteristics required to make it work efficiently.
Cavendish’s RF tuners provide an industry leading ‘Q-Factor’ (>200), are
very low loss (dB), and enable the required tuning ranges so that RF
designers can meet LTE radio performance requirements. In addition,
Cavendish’s antenna tuner is only 2mm2 in size and does not
require other components, which makes it easy to implement in even the
most challenging form-factors.
Cavendish’s upcoming MEMS products will address the performance needs of
LTE-advanced RF front-end components such as power amplifiers, filters
and switches, to enable demanding next generation LTE
carrier-aggregation and WiFi co-existence solutions.
“We have dedicated ourselves to build RF MEMS products that are
optimizing smartphone radio platforms, and can be mass produced using
basic CMOS processes,” said Dennis Yost, President and CEO of Cavendish
Kinetics. “During this development, TowerJazz has been an invaluable
technology and process partner with its advanced MEMS foundry know-how.
With TowerJazz’s process expertise, we have been able to achieve our
goals of manufacturability, quality and reliability, and are now in the
enviable position to be able to supply many tens of millions of devices
per month to support the large and rapidly growing LTE mobile device
market,” Yost added.
"We are proud that Cavendish Kinetics was able to take full advantage of
our MEMS Foundry enablement solutions," said Russell Ellwanger, CEO of
TowerJazz. "The RF MEMS market is an important growth area for
TowerJazz, and the successful collaboration with Cavendish expands our
leadership position in this nascent market. Now, Cavendish is in a
position to mass produce a highly reliable CMOS-MEMS solution, utilizing
the proven TowerJazz high volume manufacturing capability."
About Cavendish Kinetics
Cavendish Kinetics (www.cavendish-kinetics.com)
provides high-performance RF tuning solutions for mobile device
manufacturers in the global wireless industry. As the world’s leading
expert on RF microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) design and
manufacturing, Cavendish has achieved a breakthrough—applying its
patented MEMS technology and manufacturing processes to solving tough
radio-frequency (RF) connectivity problems, particularly for 4G and LTE.
Privately held, Cavendish is based in San Jose, CA, USA, and has offices
in Korea, Taiwan, China and The Netherlands.
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM)(TASE: TSEM), its fully owned
U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor, Inc. and its fully owned Japanese
subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand
name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz also owns
51% of TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Company, Ltd. (TPSCo) through a
joint venture with Panasonic Corporation. TowerJazz manufactures
integrated circuits, offering a broad range of customizable process
technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS
Image Sensor, integrated Power Management (BCD & 700V), and MEMS
capabilities. Through TPSCo, TowerJazz offers additional capacity as
well as leading edge 45nm CMOS, 65nm RF CMOS and 65nm 1.12um pixel
technologies. TowerJazz provides a world-class design enablement
platform that enables a quick and accurate design cycle. TowerJazz also
offers Transfer Optimization and development Process Services (TOPS) to
IDMs and fabless companies that need to expand capacity. To provide
multi-fab sourcing for its customers, TowerJazz operates two
manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S., and four in Japan.
For more information, please visit www.towerjazz.com.
Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are
subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those
projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete
discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of
forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may
otherwise affect TowerJazz’s business is included under the heading
"Risk Factors" in Tower’s most recent filings on Forms 20-F, F-3, F-4
and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the
“SEC”) and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz’s most recent
filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC,
respectively. Tower and Jazz do not intend to update, and expressly
disclaim any obligation to update, the information contained in this
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