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Solutions for the GDSII-to-Mask Flow

Mentor delivers solutions tailored to your key challenges in the GDSII-to-Mask flow including maintaining tight critical dimension (CD) control for high wafer yield and reducing time-to-mask, cost of operation, and the duration and cost of new technology development.

Mentor Graphics Acquires SoftJin Products

Mentor Graphics has acquired the mask data preparation products and a team of top engineers from SoftJin Technologies. For information, contact us at CalibreRET@mentor.com.
View the list of SoftJin products acquired by Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Training

We have training courses available for Calibre Products in our training centers around the world, online, or at your site.

An Automated Resource Management System to Improve Production Tapeout Turn-Around Time

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Design Tools

The Calibre computational lithography solution provides core innovations that ensure image fidelity across multiple process conditions, providing more robustness and reliability in the manufacturing process. Learn More

The Calibre Mask Process Correction solution applies Mentor's model-based OPC technology with optimizations specifically developed for e-beam mask writers. Learn More

Mentor's Mask Data Preparation (MDP) solution is fully compatible with the Calibre platform, enabling you to complete all resolution enhancement processing and mask data format conversion tasks in one mask fabrication batch run using a single control language. Learn More

IC Manufacturing Tool Suite

The Mentor tool suite provides seamless integration of the data manipulations required for resolution enhancement (RET), such as phase shift mask (PSM), scattering bars (SB) and optical proximity correction (OPC), as well as mask rule checking, mask writer process correction, and data format conversion, all in a single batch run. Our solution is built on a common hierarchical database and geometry processing engine, which provides functions like layer derivation, mirroring, scaling, rotation, planarization fill, and global and selective sizing. The flow concludes with output in the most important mask writer formats for advanced mask-making in the subwavelength era, such as MEBES and Variable-Shaped-Beam (VSB) formats, as well as GDSII.

Features and Benefits

Leading-Edge Mask Enhancement and Fabrication

Over the last decade, we’ve helped dozens of fabs improve their mask quality and design-to-mask turnaround time (TAT) with a combination of:

  • Best-in-class technology
  • Flexible solutions that provide a wide choice of tool interfaces and hardware platforms
  • An engineering support team that works as a trusted partner and advisor to ensure your success

Integrated Design-to-Mask Virtual Manufacturing Flow

  • Layout physical and electrical verification
  • Design-For-Manufacturing (DFM) modeling and optimization
  • Comprehensive resolution enhancement techniques (RET)
  • State-of-the-art optical proximity correction (OPC) and verification
  • Dedicated mask writer process correction (MPC)
  • Hierarchical mask rule checking (MRC)
  • Mask fracturing and mask writer data conversion

Open and Accessible

All our tools are open and accessible through a variety of interfaces, allowing you to optimize your flow for the fastest tapeout-to-mask.

  • Calibre and Oasis database APIs
  • Lithography and metrology APIs
  • Common rule and control languages
 
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