Belgian startup targets mm-wave IC design services

August 23, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
Tusk IC NV (Antwerp, Belgium) was founded in January 2018 as a spin-off from the KU Leuven to provide IC design services in the millimeter-wave spectrum.

All four of the company's co-founders obtained MSc and PhD degrees at KU Leuven specializing in the design of millimeter-wave silicon ICs.

While the use of silicon for automotive sub-100 GHz radar applications is becoming a mainstream topic with the discussion of autonomous vehicles Tusk IC's focus also extends beyond 100 GHz to contactless sensing and imaging. It is notable that the PhD thesis of founding CEO Wouter Steyaert was entitled: THz electronics design in nanometer CMOS.

The company offers mm-wave IC design services in CMOS and silicon-germanium and has been backed by the Gemma Frisius Fund (GFF), a seed capital fund that was set up in 1997 as a joint venture between KU Leuven, the KBC group and the BNP Paribas group.

The company is focused on IP development in silicon for circuits operating from 3 GHz to beyond 300 GHz with target markets in the following areas: radars for self-driving cars, 5G telecom and wireless video connections and virtual reality headsets and industrial quality control.


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