Nujira has selected TowerJazz as its foundry partner for its recently announced envelope tracking (ET) chip aimed at reducing the power of radio circuits in 4G mobile handsets.
The launch of the NCT-L1100 modulator marks teh Cambridge-based firm’s decison to develop a fabless business model to address the high volume, global smartphone and mobile device market.
“Our new IC for mobile handsets is hugely significant for the business and strategically, so it was absolutely critical that we selected the right foundry partner,” said Tim Haynes, CEO, Nujira.
“TowerJazz’s processes offered us the ideal combination of power management and high performance analogue technology to meet the challenging requirements of ET ICs,” said Haynes.
Nujira’s NCT-L1100 is fabricated in TowerJazz’s well proven 0.18 micron CMOS process and takes advantage of the many years of careful analog design and process modelling.
“The process is a platform on which to base future integration of Envelope Tracking, RF PA and switch technologies to provide the industry with fully monolithic front end solutions,” said Haynes.
“Nujira’s technology has huge potential for the mobile handset market, so we are excited to be their partners and to be supporting them in the development of their Envelope Tracking ICs,” said Dr Marco Racanelli, senior v-p and general manager of RF and high performance analogue business group at TowerJazz.
The NCT-L1100 will be available in small footprint Wafer-level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP). Nujira provides platform chipset vendors with evaluation boards and engineering support for integration into reference designs for smartphones and data devices.
It is sampling now to lead partners with general availability in Q4 2012.