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Aprio, Pyxis collaborate on lithography-aware DFM router

Posted: 11 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DFM View? DFM routing? design-for-manufacturing? Aprio? Pyxis?

Aprio Technologies Inc. and Pyxis Technology announced the integration of Aprio's Halo-Quest and associated DFM View into the DFM-routing (design-for-manufacturing) technology from Pyxis. This collaboration aims for a reduction in performance-robbing lithography hot spots, such as inadequate contact enclosure and line end shortening.

"Pyxis is developing routing tools that are designed from the ground up with nanometer manufacturability in mind," said Naeem Zafar, president and CEO of Pyxis Technology. "The ability to access Aprio's DFM View gives us the information we need to optimize timing, performance and yield during routing to meet the customer's target manufacturing process."

The integration between the Pyxis DFM router and Halo-Quest is accomplished through OpenAccess, a Silicon Integration Initiative Inc. (Si2)-sponsored interoperability standard for EDA tool integration.

According to the press release, the combined solution from Pyxis and Aprio will allow SoC designers to improve the yield, predictability and performance of their designs without the need to learn complex lithography processing steps. The details of these processing steps are embedded in the applicationthe designer interacts with the tool in familiar terms, such as routing completion and timing statistics.

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