Communicant Semiconductor launches with a little help from some friends

Communicant Semiconductor Technologies was launched today with IHP and Intel as strategic investors. Communicant will be a ‘pure-play’ integrated circuits foundry serving the wireless, broadband, and high-performance markets.

Communicant has concluded technology licensing agreements with the IHP and Intel. Both companies are taking equity positions in Communicant, and a state-of-the-art $1.5B facility will be constructed in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Intel is providing a 0.18 µm CMOS technology and an equity investment. IHP, a microelectronics research and development centre in Frankfurt (Oder) will provide a proprietary silicon-germanium-carbon (SiGe:C) technology.

These technologies, together with key intellectual property (IP) will enable Communicant to provide modular SiGe:C BiCMOS and CMOS processes for the wireless and broadband communication markets.

The Communicant fabrication facility will be operational in 3Q 2002, with production start planned for 1Q 2003. At full capacity, the facility will have an output of 30,000 eight-inch (200mm) wafers per month.

Prototyping services will be available as early as 3Q 2001. ‘Copy exact’ procedures will be used to provide customers with a seamless transfer to Communicant’s volume production.

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