SiBEAM The CMOS Advantage

The emerging opportunity for high data rate wireless communications at 60 GHz has been dramatically enhanced by recent advances in the demonstration of excellent microwave performance from common digital CMOS. Nonetheless, questions continue to be raised regarding the best process for semiconductor manufacturing: CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) or SiGe BiCMOS (Silicon Germanium Bipolar Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor). As outlined below, CMOS is inherently more advantageous in light of its design implications, efficient manufacturing process, impact to system cost, and overall reliability of design and performance.