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We have developed a low-temperature, low-pressure radical induced oxidation (RIO) technology, so that high-quality ultrathin silicon dioxide layers have been effectively produced with a high reproducibility, and successfully employed to realize high performace SiGe heterostructure complementary MOSFETs (HCMOS) for the first time. The obtained oxide layer showed comparable leakage and breakdown properties to conventional furnace gate oxides, and no hysteresis was observed during high-frequency capacitance-voltage characterization. Strained SiGe HCMOS transistors with a 2.5 nm-thick gate oxide layer grown by this method exhibited excellent device properties. These suggest that the present technique is particularly suitable for HCMOS devices requiring a fast and high-precision gate oxidation process with a low thermal budget.