INEX Microtechnology selects Keysights’s Advanced Design System to deliver their GaN Process Design Kit

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, April, 2018 INEX Microtechnology Limited, an innovative manufacturer of semiconductor and MEMS devices selects Keysight’s Advanced Design System (ADS) electronic design automation software to deliver their Gallium Nitride (GaN) Process Design Kit (PDK)

The ability to support customers with PDK’s is integral to our quality commitment and to enable customers to achieve right first-time success.


"Our GaN HEMT process addresses a strong and growing UK space and defence customer base. The process developed over the last two years enables a unique UK sovereign supply," said Dr Matthew O’Keefe, CTO for INEX. "We aim to provide our customers with the best support and tools to make them successful. The technical capabilities of the Keysight solution from simulation to layout to data presentation and manipulation as well as the support to INEX are key factors in our choice, ensuring we provide a solution that meets our specific customers’ needs.”

INEX provides a wide range of technologies including GaN, GaAs, InP and diamond for RF and microwave power applications. The INEX foundry services’ GaN process provides high efficiency, power, and ruggedness and the ability to operate over a wide bandwidth.

“Our customers design chips for their systems. Simulating the design at the chip level and up the chain in the overall system is an essential part of their approach,” continues O’Keefe. “By providing Keysight based PDK’s we aim to be completely aligned with our customers’ requirements.”

"INEX is a rather unique microfabrication foundry with a collaborative business model. Time-to-success is critical for all business but especially so for a leading-edge specialist like INEX. Their selection of Keysight to enable right-first-time customer engagements is a reflection of Keysight’s approach to quality from product specification to end customer experience”, said Joe Civello, Keysight ADS Product Manager.

About INEX Microtechnology Limited

INEX Microtechnology Ltd was created in May 2014 to provide high-value micro-/nano-fabrication services to emerging technology supply chains globally.

The company assists customers to develop innovative solutions to new product challenges working creatively with diverse ideas and materials. INEX spans prototype to volume production and its economies of scale and stability provide a competitive production model.

INEX has two primary areas of focus:

  • RF and power: building a UK sovereign development and fabrication of active compound semiconductor RF Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices and systems
  • MEMS and sensors: developing and manufacturing smart sensors and actuators for next generation microsystems

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About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps its engineering, enterprise and service provider customers accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $3.2B in fiscal year 2017. In April 2017, Keysight acquired Ixia, a leader in network test, visibility, and security.

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