TowerJazz targets automotive markets with advanced RF and high performance analog

August 10, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
TowerJazz has announced its advanced analog specialty RF and high-performance analog (HPA) manufacturing processes, addressing the increasing demand for analog semiconductor content in the fast-growing automotive market, especially ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and autonomous driving.

TowerJazz has developed its best-in-class RF and HPA technology through close partnerships and roadmap alignment with market leaders and world-class global customer support.

RF for automotive falls into two broad categories: wireless connectivity and automotive radar, with automotive radar being the largest market segment. Automotive radar systems have become a relatively standard feature in today’s premium and mid-range automobiles for performing safety and driver assistance tasks such as forward collision avoidance/warning, lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, and parking assist. Wireless connectivity semiconductor content is expected to grow rapidly as well with the number of connected cars quadrupling over the next five years.

Due to the high performance needed at high frequencies for automotive radar systems (24- to 26-GHz for short-range and 76- 8-GHz for long range), the TowerJazz SiGe Terabit Platform is ideal for this growing market. SBC18H2 through SBC18H5 SiGe technologies from TowerJazz offer Ft of 240-300 GHz and Fmax of 280-340 GHz, providing customers latitude to optimize speed and noise requirements for their specific applications. The SiGe Terabit Platform comes with two CMOS options: 1.8V/3.3V (180nm) and 1.2V/3.3V (130nm).

All SiGe technologies offer customizable metallization schemes and high-performance passives (MIM capacitors and inductors) to tailor the offering to each customer’s specific end-application. For more cost-sensitive applications, TowerJazz also offers a complete 65nm RFCMOS technology platform in its Uozu, Japan factory. For wireless connectivity, TowerJazz offers a front-end module-on-a-chip RF platform in addition to advanced RFSOI and RFCMOS technology offerings with best-in-class Ron-Coff for switches and noise figures for low-noise amplifiers.