Product Applications and Technology Directions with SiGe BiCMOS

Alvin J. Joseph, James Dunn, Greg Freeman, David L. Harame, Dough Coolbaugh, Rob Groves, Kenneth J. Stein, Rich Volant, Seshadri Subbanna, V. S. Marangos, Stephen St. Onge, Ebenezer Eshun, P. Cooper, Jeffrey B. Johnson, Jae Sung Rieh, Basanth Jagannathan, Vidhya Ramachandran, David Ahlgren, Dawn Wang, X. Wang

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1471-1478
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Sept
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the management within the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), the manufacturing facilities in Essex Junction, VT, and the Advanced Semiconductor Technology Center (ASTC), East Fishkill, NY, for support of this work. The authors sincerely acknowledge the collaboration and support of various product design and development groups, both IBM internal and external customers, for the success of this project.


  • BiCMOS
  • Multiplexer (MUX)
  • Power amplifier
  • SiGe HBT
  • Voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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