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Agilent touts 'first' PSP model extraction package

Posted: 02 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent Technologies? CMOS modeling? CMOS design? IC design? chip modeling?

Claiming an industry first, Agilent Technologies Inc. recently announced the availability of Pennsylvania State University-Philips (PSP) model parameter extraction package for advanced CMOS device models.

According to Agilent, the package, for use with the company's IC Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) software platform, provides more accurate and efficient modeling than was possible with previously available solutions.

"CMOS modelers are finding that parameters that can't be calculated using the BSIM4 model are causing costly errors in their results," said Chris Eppers, product manager with Agilent's EEsof EDA division. "As device geometries approach 65nm and smaller, the BSIM4 model no longer holds for growing analog and RF applications. A more advanced modeling solution, such as the PSP model, is necessary."

The PSP model was selected as the new industry standard CMOS transistor model by the Compact Model Councilfollowing months of heated debatelate in 2005. The model, jointly developed by Pennsylvania State University and Royal Philips Electronics NV, succeeds the BSIM3 and BSIM4, which had been the industry standard for years.

Agilent said semiconductor foundries use IC-CAP software to characterize foundry processes. With the PSP Model Extraction Package and IC-CAP, software designers can generate complete models based on the most recent version of the PSP model, the company said. The package includes an interface for measurement collection, recommended extraction flows and model implementation, Agilent said.

Agilent's PSP Model Extraction Package has been verified with foundry data from several large CMOS foundries, according to the company.

Agilent described the PSP Model Extraction Package as part of a strategy to support the latest standardized CMOS models. Following Agilent's recent acquisition of Xpedion Design Systems, the company said it plans to leverage its relationship with Gennady Gildenblat, co-developer of the PSP model, for continued PSP model development and training.

Agilent said it is already taking orders for the PSP Model Extraction Package. The product is expected to ship by the end of the year. IC-CAP parameter extraction software is available today, with prices starting at about $15,000, Agilent said.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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