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Firms join forces to advance DFM

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DFM Colation? EDA tool? design-for-manufacturing?

The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that top chip makers and EDA tool vendors have established a design-for-manufacturing (DFM) coalition intended to build on previous DFM efforts.

Founding members of the DFM Coalition include Cadence Design Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM Corp., Ponte Solutions, Samsung, Sagantec, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments.

Si2 said Ponte is contributing model-based yield analysis technology to the effort while Blaze DFM will contribute a proposed standard for the interaction between chip design tools and lithography simulation engines.

"DFM parameters have to be added to existing design flow, and the approach has to be consistent and holistic," Steve Schulz, president and CEO of Si2, said in a statement.

The coalition recently released a DFM dictionary to help promote the chip design approach.

- George Leopold
EE Times

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