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Micrel adopts DesignRuleBuilder to speed development

Posted: 19 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:micrel? stone pillar technologies? designrulebuilder? silicon insight? semiconductor?

Micrel Inc. has adopted Stone Pillar Technologies Inc.'s DesignRuleBuilder component for semiconductor technology developments. The DesignRuleBuilder, a part of Stone Pillar's Silicon Insight toolkit, automates generation of intelligent design rules to speed-up run-set creation, reduces the learning curve for supported DRC/LVS tools, and provides support for multiple targeted tools from a single rule set.

According to the companies, technology development for advanced power semiconductor devices requires complex design rules that must be flexible enough to accommodate rule variations based on device geometries, voltages, and applications. The large engineering investment for manually creating such rule sets makes it impractical to support multiple DRC/LVS (design rule checker / layout versus schematic) tools such as DRACULA and IC editors. By providing a convenient GUI-based interface for rule creation, DesignRuleBuilder enables engineers to speed-up run-set creation and focus on the creation of high-quality rules, rather than learning details of command language specific to individual DRC/LVS tools, the companies added.

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