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15 Jan, 2014

How Do I?

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker It happens all the time, to all of us. You need a quick answer for a very specific question about using your EDA tools. You don’t want to wade through technical documentation, you don’t have time for an email response, and you really don’t want to try searching EDA forums for an answer. We feel your pain, and we decided to do something about it. Need to know how to extract a net from … Read More

tapeout, Debugging, Calibre, Productivity, signoff, electrical verification, Physical Verification

13 Dec, 2013

Qualification Is Just the Beginning

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Press releases can make it seem like EDA tool qualification for a particular IC process node is the “end game.” But in truth, qualification is just the first publicly visible step of ongoing collaborations between an EDA vendor and the foundry. Michael White takes you behind the curtain for a peek at what goes on during qualification from start to finish, as part of his ongoing Silicon Edge series … Read More

tool qualification, tapeout, DRM, Foundry, design rule manual, process design kit, rule deck, IC, PDK

13 Dec, 2013

Shelly Stalnaker Just like blueprints give an architect a visual representation of a building, design patterns provide engineers with a visual depiction of complex layout geometries. Design patterns have become a useful tool throughout design, verification, and test processes. This Design-to-Silicon white paper explains how Calibre Pattern Matching software can help you implement automated pattern capture and pattern … Read More

pattern capture, Mentor Graphics, Pattern Matching, D2S, Design Rule Checking, Calibre Pattern Matching, SVRF, Foundry, hotspot detection, yield detractors, design waivers, DRC

13 Dec, 2013

Mastering the Magic of Multi-Patterning

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker While processes like double and triple patterning may sometimes seem like magic, successfully implementing multi-patterning compliance in the IC design and verification flow requires a thorough understanding of multi-patterning techniques and their impact on your design. In this white paper from David Abercrombie, learn what multi-patterning is, why you need it, and how Calibre Multi-Patterning software … Read More

odd cycle, multipatterning, 16nm, Lithography, 20nm, mandrel, Mentor Graphics, Multi-Patterning, 14nm, colorless design, layout decomposition, D2S, LELE, anchor path, litho, Calibre Multi-Patterning, litho-etch-litho-etch, FinFET, double patterning, Foundry, warning rings, Parasitic Extraction, spacer-assisted, triple patterning, spacer is dielectric, spacer is mask, SID SADP, SIM SADP, pin coloring, pitch-split

13 Dec, 2013

The Trouble With Triples—Part 1

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Triple patterning is not just double patterning with an extra color! Our resident expert, David Abercrombie, introduces the basics of triple patterning and explains the new challenges it brings to the layout and verification flow in his ongoing series for for SemiconductorEngineering’s Manufacturing and Design segment. If you’re even thinking about advanced node designs, this is a must-read. Bonus references … Read More

Foundry, DRC, multipatterning, 14nm, 16nm, 10nm, triple patterning, double patterning, 20nm, decomposition

13 Dec, 2013

Shelly Stalnaker Jean-Marie Brunet examines the reasons why the “tapeout crunch” is getting worse and worse at advanced nodes, and suggests some possible solutions, in this forward-looking article written for SemiconductorEngineering.com. … Read More

DRC, digital IC, Foundry, tech files, tapeout, 14nm, rule decks, signoff, 16nm, SoC, 10nm, SVRF, IP, Design Rule Checking, P&R, router, 20nm, Routing, Debugging

13 Dec, 2013

Foundry Solutions Video Blog: Calibre PERC

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker The need for high reliability covers a wide array of market segments, all with differing acceptance requirements. In this video, Matt Hogan explores the challenges of comprehensive reliability verification, and demonstrates how Calibre PERC can help you satisfy the most demanding requirements with confidence. … Read More

ERC, PERC, Calibre, reliability verification, tapeout

13 Dec, 2013

Shelly Stalnaker No one wants to edit a foundry rule deck—it’s like tugging on Superman’s cape. But there are many ways to customize the input to a Calibre job without modifying the foundry rule deck. To learn more, watch one of our short, to-the-point How-To videos on our IC Nanometer Design channel on YouTube. Oh, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for? Suggest a new topic! … Read More

runsets, rule decks, configurations, DRC, Calibre, rule checks, ERC, Foundry

13 Dec, 2013

Model-Based Hints: GPS for LFD Success

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Personal GPS systems were a blessing for directionally-challenged people. Model-based hinting (MBH) for LFD hotspot corrections evoke a similar feeling of relief in engineers who are tired of late-night stints trying to figure out how to correct a litho hotspot without creating even more problems. MBH can evaluate your fix options and identify which ones are viable, helping you make better decisions … Read More

hotspots, LFD, Calibre, model-based hints, litho, MBH

21 Oct, 2013

No Fear of FinFET

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker No Fear of FinFET FinFETs, or so-called 3D transistors, are a key competitive element in all the leading-edge IC foundry offerings, because FinFETs can achieve much lower power operation than planar transistors. This panel discusses how FinFETs will change the design, verification, and test flow. Panelists Joe Sawicki, VP and General Manager of the Design to Silicon Division, Mentor Graphics KK Lin, … Read More

7 Oct, 2013

Simon Favre At the recent TSMC OIP, I had an interesting discussion with a TSMC employee (who shall remain nameless), regarding 450mm wafers. The gist of the discussion was that EUV has become a gating item for the move to 450mm wafers. Why are these two related? They are connected at the purse strings. It will cost billions (with a B) to build a 450mm wafer fab. It will cost billions to go to EUV. Why pay this … Read More

TSMC EUV 450mm

1 Oct, 2013

Shelly Stalnaker I’ve just taken over editorial responsibilities for the Foundry Solutions content, and I look forward to bringing you the information and guidance you need to deliver innovative and profitable designs to the market. Our job and our goal is to help you get to tapeout on time, with confidence! Please feel free to suggest ideas for future content, or comment on something you’ve read on the Foundry Solutions … Read More

29 Sep, 2013

Marrying More Than Moore Technologies

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Marrying More Than Moore Technologies The IC industry will undergo significant changes as future growth is driven not just by traditional Moore’s Law scaling, but also by “More Than Moore” technologies, including 3D-IC, MEMS, and silicon photonics. This panel discusses the exciting opportunities and challenges ahead. Panelists John Ferguson, Director of Marketing, Calibre DRC Applications, … Read More

27 Sep, 2013

Shelly Stalnaker Achieving IC Reliability in High Growth Markets Several high-growth IC markets are experiencing demand for higher reliability, including mobile/wireless, automotive, industrial control, and medical. At the same time, factors such as thinner gate oxide and multiple power rails have the potential to introduce new failure mechanisms. This panel discusses the demand for IC reliability, what design methodologies … Read More

25 Sep, 2013

Shelly Stalnaker Technical Article Just when you thought you were getting used to double patterning requirements and processes, multi-patterning is now a reality. While the additional MP requirements at 16/14 nm weren't readily visible to the designer, anyone moving to the 10 nm process node will probably need some additional multi-patterning education. The 10 nm node introduces at least two new multi-patterning … Read More

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