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PDF Solutions, Virage to add DFM to cell libraries

Posted: 12 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pdf solutions? virage logic? cell ip libraries? pdf?

PDF Solutions Inc., a vendor of yield optimization software, is partnering with Virage Logic Corp. to create process-aware extensions to Virage's standard cell IP libraries, PDF said Wednesday (Oct. 6).

Starting with Virage's sos-called ASAP Logic library, libraries are set to be extended with design-for-manufacturing (DFM) variation information based on yield ramps and yield simulation technology, developed by PDF.

These extended libraries would then be compliant with PDF Solutions' pDfx process-aware DFM environment, which integrates with top-down design flows, such as Blast Fusion from Magma Design Automation Inc. Magma and PDF Solutions announced their collaboration in June 2004.

Virage Logic is a third party supplier of logic, memory and I/O cells. It's major rival, Artisan Components Inc., is in the process of being acquired by processor licensor ARM Holdings plc.

"It will take cooperation between companies throughout the design and manufacturing chain to provide designers the tools they need to solve the increasing challenges associated with semiconductor yield," said John Kibarian, president and chief executive officer of PDF Solutions, in a statement. "This alliance continues the industry's adoption of pDfx technology," he added.

Initial design efforts using the pDfx environment have resulted in customers achieving yield improvements ranging from 5 percent to 10 percent increases in net good die, PDF claimed.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies





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