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Cadence, TSMC team up to deliver DFM services

Posted: 12 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:collaboration? DFM services? silicon realization?

Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced that it has collaborated with TSMC to deliver their customers with DFM expertise and technology in a service model. In an effort to reduce risk and enable the fastest path to Silicon Realization, Cadence DFM Services include model-based simulation of litho-process checks and virtual chemical mechanical polishing for TSMC 40nm technology and below. The goal is to enable design teams to effectively get help in detecting litho or CMP hotspots in order to fix them prior to tapeout. Cadence is the first EDA partner certified by TSMC for DFM services.

"At 40nm and below, it is essential that design teams take DFM issues into account throughout the design process," said Suk Lee, director of design infrastructure marketing at TSMC. "DFM services from Cadence are a key milestone of our long-term collaboration with Cadence to help our common customers to address critical design needs in advanced technologies."

With the increased manufacturing challenges inherent at smaller geometries, DFM checks are an essential part of design flows at 40nm and below. TSMC's collaboration with Cadence in DFM services is the latest in a continuum of joint efforts by the two companies to address manufacturing challenges for the most cutting-edge designs.

Cadence DFM Services provide engineering expertise gained over many years of collaboration between the two companies. Customers get turnkey access to DFM analysis based on TSMC's DFM Data Kit (DDK) to ensure needed accuracy, and DFM Services output analysis reports, which enable fixing in Encounter Digital Implementation System or Virtuoso custom/analog implementation technologies. Cadence DFM Services deliver a scalable and secured IT infrastructure that helps reduce the risk of schedule slips while optimizing time to volume.

"TSMC and Cadence have long seen eye to eye on the need for enabling engineers to address DFM issues in a timely way, at lower cost and lower risk," said David Desharnais, group director, product marketing, Silicon Realization at Cadence. "With the collaboration with TSMC, Cadence is offering both the expertise and the technology our customers need to deploy the type of holistic approach to Silicon Realization that's at the heart of the EDA360 vision."





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