In this paper, we highlight the effectiveness and flexibility of SiGe BiCMOS as a technology platform over a wide range of performance and applications. The bandgap-engineered SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) continue to be the work-horse of the technology, while the CMOS offering is fully foundry compatible for maximizing IP sharing. Process customization is done to provide high-quality passives, which greatly enables fully integrated single-chip solutions. Product examples include 40-Gb/s (OC768) components using high-speed SiGe HBTs, power amplifiers compatible for cellular applications, integrated voltage-controlled oscillators, and very high-level mixed-signal integration. It is argued that such key enablements along with the lower cost and higher yields attainable by SiGe BiCMOS technologies will provide competitive solutions for the communication marketplace.
- Multiplexer (MUX)
- Power amplifier
- SiGe HBT
- Voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering