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austriamicro design kit includes DFM features

Posted: 17 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:austriamicrosystemag? full service foundry? electronica 2004 expo? high-voltage cmos process design kit? hit-kit v3.61?

austriamicrosystems AG's business unit Full Service Foundry announced at the electronica 2004 EXPO in Munich the availability of its 50V 0.35?m High-Voltage CMOS Process Design Kit (HIT-Kit V3.61) with integrated dfm features.

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) for analog/high voltage chip design is a highly demanded necessity in order to ensure fast ramp-up and stable volume production, the company explained. Using the new HIT-Kit allows optimization towards yield and robustness of the design during the design process, thus enabling considerable bottom line improvements for the ramp up of a project, added austriamicro.

According to the company, analog/high voltage design traditionally involves significant trial and error procedures. "Early detection of critical structures and devices is accomplished by using the Safe Operating Area Check tool," said Thomas Moerth, Design Support Manager at austriamicro. "This comprehensive tool enables designers to verify the operating area of all devices included in their design according to the related process parameter document in an efficient, fast and comfortable way."

"Improved Monte Carlo models optimized for high voltage designs and simulation models considering all device parasitics complete the DFM-optimized package," Moerth added.

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