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Tektronix SiGe oscilloscopes should reign supreme


The firm’s early integration testing of the tools illustrates that IBM’s 8HP SiGe technology will meet the world’s most demanding oscilloscope requirements at over 30 GHz.


This will expand California based GCS’s foundry capabilities in dielectric and GaN etching and further increase the number of systems installed from Oxford Instruments.


“GCS chose Oxford Instruments because their ICP etchers offer an excellent combination of process capability, consistency, and value”, added Franklin Monzon, VP of Operations at GCS, “As a boutique foundry, GCS has a great diversity of customers who utilise a variety of materials, including GaAs, InP, GaN, and silicon, to achieve the desired device performance. Most of these customers also require process customisation that, in turn, mandates that the process tools be flexible enough for development work but also reliable enough for production. “


The addition of the Oxford Instruments ICP etchers backs up and expands our dry etch process capability so that existing customers, especially in the InP and GaN arenas, get faster, better, service, while at the same time allowing GCS to develop new customers. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Oxford Instruments and expect that our customers will be very pleased as these tools come on-line during the course of our expansion.”


Stuart Mitchell, VP Oxford Instruments America Inc said, “As a world class manufacturer of etch, deposition and growth systems, Oxford Instruments is proud to have been chosen as a supplier to GCS. We offer excellent and innovative III-V compound semiconductor technologies, and coupled with our expert process engineers, this ensures that we can provide not only superior equipment, but a full


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Tektronix, a manufacturer of oscilloscopes, has announced that validation of ASICs designed in IBM’s 8HP SiGe BiCMOS Specialty Foundry technology are exceeding target specifications for a planned new performance oscilloscope capable of greater than 30 GHz bandwidth across multiple channels while minimising noise found in older chip sets.


The new oscilloscope platform will meet electronic designers’ needs for more accurate characterisation of high speed serial data beyond 10 Gb/s, and enhance optical modulation analysis of 100GbE where complex signalling requires accurate bit capture.


“This represents our first commercial integration of 8HP technology and clearly shows the latest generation of SiGe is delivering significant performance differentiation to the industry’s most demanding oscilloscope applications.This year, we will be delivering a new series of performance oscilloscopes with the lowest noise and class- leading signal acquisition performance across multiple channels,” said Roy Siegel, general manager, Oscilloscopes, Tektronix.


“IBM’s SiGe technology has long delivered the performance and reliability our customers demand and as our lab demonstration indicates, this will continue well into the future.”


IBM’s 8HP technology is a 130 nm SiGe bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) process that offers twice the performance over the previous generation process. SiGe technology leverages highly-reliable and mature fabrication processes associated with the 50-year-old silicon industry, but with performance levels comparable to that of exotic materials such as InP and GaAs.


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