Notes on the Design and Fabrication of Custom RFICs and MMICs

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  • Author: Gary Breed
When I began working on this tutorial article, I had hoped to be able to list a few key issues and recommendations that would help an engineer begin the first efforts toward developing a custom RFIC or MMIC. As I gathered information an researched the topic, it became apparent that a few simple guidelines were insufficient! There is now the ability to readily design, simulate and verify a design that will be implemented on Si, GaAs, GaN or other typical RF/microwave materials. There are many design aids, model packages, process design kits (PDKs) and other tools to support the designer’s efforts. Semiconductor foundries and design tool vendors have more customer support and training available than at any time in the past.