AFE and Mixed Signal IPs for Integrated RFID NFC controllers Design
20130701 - 20141231
Dr Keh-chung Wang
1) 0.18um TSMC CMOS tapeout of IPs of RF analog front end for signal transmit and receive (commercial grade). 2) 40nm TSMC CMOS tapeout of IP of analog module + digital controller – inkind from Alchip (commercial grade). 3) 0.18um TSMC CMOS tapeout of NFC chip of analog front-end + digital controller + 8051 MCU + memory + I/O cell (commercial grade). 4) 0.18um IBM 7HV mixed voltages BCD process tapeout of NFC chip of item (3) above – inkind from IBM. (industry grade process). 5) Test report for the NFC controller IC evaluation, specifications and datasheet. 6) Board for application development as a general reference on NFC communication and function evaluation.
Dr K C Wang Mr Bryce Yau Dr Zhuiqiang Tang Mr Andy Wu Ms Karen Wan Mr Xiaoxiang Li Mr Tat Fu Chan Mr Jacky Cai Mr Henry Chiu Mr Brian Leung Mr K C Wan Ms Gigi Chan Mr K C Au Ms Sidar Lai Mr Edward Wong Ms Pearl Ma Mr Yat Tung Lai Mr Ka Hung Kwok
Alchip Technologies Inc [Sponsor] IBM China/Hong Kong Limited [Sponsor] TENX TECHNOLOGY, INC
Near Field Communication (NFC) will revolutionize the way people access and use information. NFC-capable devices can enable mobile payment, loyalty collection, interactive advertising, ID authentication, transit-fare collection and many other mobile commerce applications. Although Hong Kong is one of the most important logistic hubs (with well-developed contactless infrastructure (softwares)) in Asia, it does not have the necessary integrated circuit and system technologies ( hardware ) to maintain its competitive position. This ASTRI initiative will help change the situation. The objectives of this project, therefore, are to provide all the core IC design capabilities for Hong Kong and China to develop IC chips for NFC (Near Field Communication) and Radio Frequency Identification ( RFID) applications. We shall deliver a comprehensive set of analog and mixed signal IPs comprising of a RFID analog front end and all of the essential digital building blocks for implementation of different NFC controllers. The project will take 18 months to complete and HK$13M to cover the development expenses. This technology is strategically important for ASTRI and Hong Kong. It is believed to have significant commercial potential in the region.