Collaboration to focus on Avago’s next-generation products using TowerJazz’s industry leading SiGe BiCMOS technology platform
ANAHEIM, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 21, 2013 — OFC/NFOEC – TowerJazz (NASDAQ: TSEM)(TASE: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, and Avago Technologies (NASDAQ: AVGO), a leading supplier of analog interface components for wireless, wireline, and industrial applications, today announced an expanded strategic collaboration focusing on Avago’s next generation products using TowerJazz’s industry leading SiGe BiCMOS technology platform. Continued collaboration shall enable Avago Fiber Optic Products Division (FOPD) to achieve the stringent technical specifications and meet cost and performance requirements for optical networking markets while helping TowerJazz to define and develop its next-generation process technologies.
The technology collaboration between TowerJazz and Avago FOPD has resulted in Avago’s recent successful launch of the Gen4SR product, a 10Gbps small form factor pluggable optical transceiver (SFP) for short reach applications. By collaborating with TowerJazz, Avago has unlimited access to TowerJazz’s optimized SiGe BiCMOS technology based on both the SBC18H2 process with transistor speeds of 200GHz and H3 process with transistor speeds of 280GHz together with mixed-signal CMOS.
“TowerJazz’s advanced technology enables Avago Technologies to define and develop a plethora of new products, increasing our market share with existing and new customers. Avago’s 10Gbps SFP+ chipset is the first product released deploying TowerJazz’s technology. Our collaboration with TowerJazz using their high performance SiGe BICMOS will enable us to develop the highest performance and the lowest power ICs for Avago’s next generation optical transceivers beyond 10Gbps,” said Dr. Faouzi Chaahoub, Senior Director of R&D, IC Engineering Fiber Optic Products Division (FOPD) Avago Technologies.
“We are fortunate to have a technology partner such as Avago FOPD who continually pushes the technology envelope and drives TowerJazz to excellence,” said Marco Racanelli, Senior Vice President & General Manager of RF/High Performance Analog Business Unit. “Our high performance SiGe is uniquely positioned in the fiber optic space where we offer customers the highest speed, lowest power consumption and lowest noise SiGe transistors integrated in analog-friendly 0.18um and 0.13um nodes.”
About Avago Technologies
Avago Technologies is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems with a focus in III-V compound semiconductor design and processing. Backed by an extensive portfolio of intellectual property including approximately 4,200 patents and pending applications, Avago products serve three primary target markets: wireless communications, wired infrastructure, and industrial and other. Avago has a global employee presence and heritage of technical innovation dating back 50 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots. For more information, visit Avago’s website: www.avagotech.com.
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Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM)(TASE: TSEM), its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron, offering a broad range of customizable process technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as CMOS and MEMS capabilities. TowerJazz also offers a world-class design enablement platform that complements its sophisticated technology and enables a quick and accurate design cycle. In addition, TowerJazz provides (TOPS) Technology Optimization Process Services to IDMs as well as fabless companies that need to expand capacity, or progress from an R&D line to a production line. To provide multi-fab sourcing, TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S., and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit www.towerjazz.com.
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