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Qualcomm joins IMEC's 45nm design program

Posted: 04 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:system design methodology? design solution? 45nm scaling?

Belgium-based IMEC nanoelectronics research institute announced that Qualcomm Inc. has joined its technology-aware design (TAD) program and will be collaborating with IMEC on innovative circuit and system design methodologies.

IMEC has set up the TAD program to develop design solutions that address these (sub-)45nm scaling challenges. The TAD R&D program is focused on development of advanced analysis techniques that model process variability to enable designers to optimize the entire system design for energy and yield. The program will develop a methodology that propagates variability (and reliability) data from technology level to device and circuit level and all the way up to system architecture level. The ultimate goal is to enable manufacturing-aware sign-off of predicted process variability at system design level.

"We are very pleased that Qualcomm acknowledges the strength of our TAD program. This proves the value of our solution which starts at an earlier stage in the design flow than is being offered today by design for manufacturing solutions;" said Rudy Lauwereins, VP nomadic embedded systems at IMEC.

"As a part of our 'Integrated Fabless Manufacturing' business model, we are continually working to deliver the highest functionality at the best cost structure with our products," said Behrooz Abdi, senior VP and general manager for Qualcomm CDMA technologies.

The TAD program is an industrial affiliation program that is part of IMEC's recently launched Apollo research program. Apollo is the successor of IMEC's M4 (multi-mode multimedia) program and tackles the major technological challenges for ubiquitous embedded systems that will hit the market in 2011 and beyond.

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