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Atmel Uses Calibre to Increase Yield and Reduces Time-to-Market

Calibre® products help Atmel eliminate weaknesses in their production process – reducing time-to-market by up to 10-times and saving millions in wasted mask and silicon creation costs.

Calibre gives us the capability and flexibility we need to speed up our process. We've been able to reduce our time-to-tapeout while improving our ramp to yield.”

Edward Hui, Director of the Flash Group, Atmel Corporation

Larger designs create time-to-market problems

Prior to Calibre implementation, Atmel was black boxing the logic core because their tools did not have the capacity to handle a full-chip design. Core/periphery interface errors went undetected, resulting in hugely expensive and time-consuming redesigns that endangered Atmel's delivery schedules, reputation and profits.

Calibre enables comprehensive verification to eliminate re-spins

Atmel switched to Calibre nmDRC, Calibre nmLVS and Calibre xRC products because they deliver the performance needed to do full-chip extraction and verification. After completing two tapeouts using the Calibre products, Atmel believes they have found the best solution to their previous design roadblocks.

Time-to-market reduced by 5-10 times

Atmel now finds and eliminates interface issues prior to mask generation, eliminating late-stage re-designs and cutting their time-to-market by a factor of 5-10X. In addition, they are saving millions of dollars in wasted mask and silicon creation costs.

About Atmel Corporation

Atmel Corporation is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of micro-controllers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel provides the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Atmel is focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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