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Cree Announces Free Process Design Kit Update for Use with Keysight Technologies’ Advanced Design System to Develop GaN-on-SiC HEMT Devices

Jun 13, 2012
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DURHAM, NC -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has released an updated, advanced process design kit (PDK) based on Keysight Technologies’ Advanced Design System (ADS) software that will provide microwave and RF design engineers with a comprehensive suite of design and simulation tools for developing GaN-on-SiC HEMT devices. The free PDK integrates the latest version of Keysight ADS with Cree’s GaN-on-SiC process technology parameters and design rules. Engineers can now more quickly develop monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs).

“The latest version of this PDK enables RF design engineers to access the Cree GaN-on-SiC MMIC foundry capabilities through Keysight's 2011 release of ADS – an industry-leading electronic design automation tool,” said Jim Milligan, director, Cree RF and microwave. “This integrated front-to-back design system provides highly accurate, scalable nonlinear models, parametric layout cells, design rule checking, seamless layout interoperability and a streamlined design cycle to help accelerate time-to-market for our customers.”

“With the joint release of this PDK, our mutual customers now have access to Cree’s proven GaN-on-SiC MMIC process technology, along with the Keysight integrated design system, which is uniquely suited to producing reliable, leading edge, high-power HEMT devices for today’s most challenging applications,” said Juergen Hartung, foundry program manager, Keysight EEsof EDA.

To demonstrate the advantages of the new PDK, the two companies will host a special joint workshop at the 2012 International Microwave Symposium in Montreal, Canada.  Scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 from 10 a.m. – noon, the workshop will enable RF design engineers to experience several different MMIC design examples using the new Cree/Keysight PDK.  

Visit Cree at the 2012 International Microwave Symposium, Booth #2125, to see the latest Cree innovations. For additional information about Cree RF products, please visit 

About Cree 
Cree is a market-leading innovator of semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications, lighting-class LEDs and LED lighting solutions.

Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices.  Cree products are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, power supplies and solar inverters.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including customer acceptance of products; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render Cree’s products obsolete; and other factors discussed in Cree’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 26, 2011, and subsequent filings.

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