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2009-07-31 DAC panel revisits DFM debate
Panelist revived the debate on design for manufacturing, with one executing calling it a 'band-aid with diminishing returns.'
2008-05-27 Assessing the DFM impact
The EDA industry, always looking for timely solutions to the existing problems of the electronics market, has taken the challenge of defining a new market segment.
2008-03-17 Bring DFM/DFY into the routing engine
In reality, DFM/DFY tools need to use a mixture of rules- and model-based techniques as appropriate. The solution is to bring DFM/DFY upstream into the design process; to create a design that is correct by construction; and to hand-off a design that is as manufacturing- and yield-friendly as possible.
2008-01-02 Expanding the DFM market
Apache's acquisition of Optimal is another clear signal that the EDA industry is adapting to provide designers with tools that allow them to work on the entire system, not just parts that have different physical characteristics.
2007-09-24 Magma, UMC deliver verification, DFM tools for 65nm
Magma Design Automation Inc. has partnered with UMC to deliver a broad physical verification and design for manufacturability solution for 65nm designs.
2007-09-21 Firms join forces to advance DFM
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.
2007-08-21 Cadence acquires DFM firm Clear Shape
Cadence Design has acquired Clear Shape Technologies, a design for manufacturing technology firm specializing in design-side solutions to minimize yield loss for advanced semiconductor ICs.
2007-07-12 Cadence, STARC team to address 65nm DFM issues
Cadence and STARC have partnered to deliver an advanced design flow to address 65nm DFM issues.
2007-06-18 Industry tackles approach to DFM, DFY issues
Experts from chip, EDA and foundry companies ask whether it's better to deal with DFM and DFY issues at tape-out or minister to the design starting at the register transfer level.
2007-06-01 IC designers favor less complex DFM
During the IEEE Electronic Design Process workshop, IC design experts point out that current approaches to design-for-manufacturing (DFM) may be yielding too little for the amount of effort and cost involved.
2007-05-25 Fujitsu taps Mentor to improve DFM capabilities
Mentor Graphics announced that Fujitsu will use Mentor's Calibre LFD to enhance their DFM capabilities for internal product development and for external fabless customers.
2007-05-18 Cadence buys DFM startup from U.C. Berkeley
Cadence Design Systems has confirmed its purchase of a design for manufacturability (DFM) startup founded by three graduate students from the University of California at Berkeley.
2007-03-16 Electrical DFM promises gains in parametric yield
Design techniques are under greater pressure to provide equivalent scaling to enable the semiconductor road map to continue in a cost-effective way.
2007-03-16 DFM demands holistic approach
The infrastructure required to make trade-offs among the different techniques and determine the optimal approach should be one where the actual software takes into account the implications of other DFM issues. The idea is to create a holistic approach to DFM for the design and analysis flow.
2007-03-05 Integrated DFM solutions still lacking
According to a Charted Semi exec, EDA has done a great job of raising awareness of DFM issues, but integrated DFM solutions remain scarce.
2007-01-26 STARC to use Mentor's analyzer tool for DFM flow
Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center will standardize on Mentor Graphics' Calibre YieldAnalyzer for critical area analysis in their DFM flow.
2007-01-19 Clear Shape, STARC to develop DFM flow
Clear Shape Technologies Inc. announced a partnership with STARC to jointly develop, validate and deploy a variability-aware DFM flow.
2006-12-04 Clear Shape offers electrical DFM analysis solution
Clear Shape Technologies has announced OutPerform, said to be the first complete and silicon-correlated electrical DFM analysis and optimization product to enable designers using sub-90nm processes to control the impact of lithography, mask, etch, RET, OPC and CMP effects on their chip parameters.
2006-11-28 Clear Shape solution promises fast DFM hotspot detection
Clear Shape Technologies has announced InShape, said to be the first model-based full-chip Design Manufacturability Checker that predicts accurate silicon shapes, providing designers the ability to do fast, accurate DFM hotspot detection of catastrophic failures.
2006-11-16 'DFM too complex,' experts say
Speakers told the Bacus Photomask Technology Symposium that DFM technology is too complex and suggested the use of standardized layout elements, library cells or an "integrated" DFM methodology.
2006-10-31 Synopsys unveils DFM tools for 45nm, beyond
Synopsys has unveiled a new family of process-aware DFM products that analyze variability effects at the custom/analog design stage for 45nm and smaller designs.
2006-10-18 IC design tool touts process-aware DFM
Synopsys two "process-aware" tools that help custom- and analog-IC designers analyze the impact of transistor variability on circuit layouts.
2006-10-04 Industry players meet to discuss standard for Open DFM
Participants of the Open DFM Model Workshop last week explored issues ranging from DFM flows to encryption and identified possible next steps.
2006-09-21 DFM tool implements yield improvement at design stage
Nannor said its upgraded Acuma tool reduces semiconductor design iterations and manufacturing costs by revealing yield-sensitive areas of the design and implementing yield improvement at the design stage.
2006-09-18 New DFM methods enable early yield prediction
New DFM methodologies such as RRA and CAA, combined with traditional DRC and accurate fab yield impact data, enable designers to determine whether design modifications actually result in higher-yielding silicon.
2006-09-01 Restricted design rules challenge DFM
The recent Design Automation Conference made it clear that the EDA industry is counting on DFM for a much-needed boost. But the RDRs that are quietly emerging for 45nm and smaller geometries may reduce the need for some DFM tools and techniques, some observers say.
2006-08-21 Synopsys broadens DFM portfolio with SIGMA-C acquisition
Synopsys Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of SIGMA-C Software AG in an all-cash transaction of $20.5 million.
2006-07-26 TSMC adds support for Blaze DFM optimization software
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd is adding support for Blaze MO optimization software from Blaze DFM Inc. with both companies supplying evaluation kits.
2006-07-11 Aprio, Pyxis collaborate on lithography-aware DFM router
Aprio and Pyxis announced the integration of Aprio's Halo-Quest and associated DFM View into the DFM-routing technology from Pyxis.
2006-07-01 DFM tool targets parametric yield
Blaze DFM Inc. recently rolled out Blaze MO, said to be the first "electrical" DFM solution.
2006-05-03 Cadence, PDF Solutions to collaborate on IC DFM products
Cadence Design Systems Inc. and PDF Solutions Inc. announced their intent to collaborate on Design-for-Manufacturability technology and products to improve IC manufacturability.
2006-05-01 Synopsys adding to its DFM lineup
Included in Synopsys' yearend agenda is the addition of a dual-domain simulation product and a next-generation yield analysis tool to its DFM product family.
2006-02-17 Cadence's Virtuoso RET Suite puts 'design back into DFM'
Cadence introduced its Virtuoso Resolution Enhancement Technology Suite, which integrates lithography awareness directly into the Cadence Virtuoso custom design platform.
2006-01-24 EDA partnership yields DFM sign-off tool
Nannor Technologies Inc. and Predictions Software announced the integration of the Acuma chip level layout optimization tool and the EYES yield analysis software.
2006-01-12 DFM tool helps prevent mask failure at 65nm and below
SIGMA-C Software's microlithography simulation/image verification tool enables the transfer of electronic designs unto printed wafers to help prevent mask failure at 65nm and below.
2006-01-02 Startup promises DFM-aware IC router
Startup Pyxis Technology Inc. has announced plans to field a design-for-manufacturability-aware IC router.
2005-10-19 Tool suite 'lays foundation' for extending TCAD to DFM
Synopsys introduced early this week a new TCAD tool suite that integrates features of former TMA and ISE products as well as adding new capabilities that enable TCAD to be used in the manufacturing space.
2005-10-11 DFM delays 90 and 65nm, analyst says
Design for manufacturability (DFM) concerns have slowed the ramp-up of 90nm wafer volumes and will be even more problematic at 65nm, said Handel Jones, CEO of International Business Strategies Inc., at the Fabless Semiconductor Association Expo Thursday (Oct. 6).
2005-10-07 New DFM reference design flow for austriamicro's CMOS process
austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry recently announced the availability of its DFM reference design flow for its 0.35��m high-voltage CMOS process.
2005-08-16 DFT, DFM tests assure quality SoC design
Learn the importance of design-for-manufacturability and design-for-test in ramping up advanced products in deep-submicron technologies
2005-07-11 Challenges seen for seamless DFM, says expert
The semiconductor and EDA industries have poured millions of dollars to develop new and promising technologies for the emerging design-for-manufacturing (DFM) sector.
2005-07-01 DFM litho tool aims for two worlds
Sigma-C's Solid+ acts as a virtual exposure tool to simulate microlithography and identify problem areas in the design process.
2005-06-29 Innovation, cooperation key to overcoming DFM issues, says Synopsys exec
Speaking to an audience of mostly photomask manufacturing executives at the Advanced Reticle Symposium Tuesday (June 28), Synopsys Inc.'s Michel Cote praised the way the EDA industry has responded to design-for-manufacturing (DFM) challenges with innovation and said continued industry cooperation is the key to overcoming them.
2005-06-14 Emerging DFM, verification technologies most exciting, CTOs say
Emerging technologies for design for manufacturing (DFM) and verification are the most exciting developments in the design realm, concluded a panel of chief technology officers convened here Monday (June 13) at the Design Automation Conference (DAC).
2005-06-13 Intel, KLA-Tencor back DFM startup
The world's largest semiconductor manufacturer and one of the largest semiconductor equipment manufacturers have taken interest-and financial positions-in Clear Shape Technologies Inc., a design-for-manufacture (DFM) software startup.
2005-05-16 Across the flow: DFM's many faces
EDA toolmakers, designers forge partnership to develop new DFM process flow
2005-05-11 TSMC expands DFM recommendations at 90nm
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd is expanding its design-for-manufacturing recommendations for engineers working with 90nm design rules, company managers told the TSMC 2005 Technology Symposium here last week.
2005-03-23 DFM startup appoints EDA experts to advisory board
Aprio Technologies Inc., a startup company developing design-for-manufacturing (DFM) software, has appointed four luminaries of the EDA and semiconductor industries to its technical advisory board.
2005-03-09 Indian EDA firm to launch software modules for DFM products
SoftJin said it would provide customized software development and building blocks to address the needs of suppliers in the DFM, DFY and programmable platforms products areas.
2005-02-07 Cadence plans restructuring, tips DFM initiative
Buoyed by strong fourth-quarter results, Cadence Design Systems Inc. is going into 2005 with a new organizational structure and a stealth-mode initiative, dubbed Catena, aimed at &quote;manufacturing-aware&quote; design.
2004-11-19 Micron adopts Synopsys SiVL DFM for 90nm production
Micron Technology Inc. has chosen Synopsys Inc.'s SiVL silicon-versus-layout software to help implement its advanced DRAMs, flash memories, CMOS image sensors, and other semiconductor components.
2004-11-17 austriamicro design kit includes DFM features
austriamicro's Full Service Foundry announced the availability of its 50V 0.35��m High-Voltage CMOS Process Design Kit with integrated DFM features
2004-11-01 Wanted: New class of engineering generalists for DFM
Symposium sees need for 'tall and fat' engineers to help 'reintegrate' IC production.
2004-10-12 PDF Solutions, Virage to add DFM to cell libraries
PDF Solutions Inc., a vendor of yield optimization software, is partnering with Virage Logic Corp. to create process-aware extensions to Virage's standard cell IP libraries, PDF said Wednesday (Oct. 6).
2004-09-23 Magma panelists explore whether DFM is the real deal
After much bravado, EDA vendors like Magma Design Automation and Mentor Graphics are starting to deliver viable design-for-manufacturability tools, or DFM-savvy tools.
2004-09-17 Synopsys, Photronics form DFM collaboration
EDA software vendor Synopsys Inc. and Photronics, a photomask company, have formed a collaborative program intended to improve the manufacturability and quality of advanced photomasks and reduce design-to-photomask cycle times, Synopsys said.
2004-09-01 Synopsys CEO calls for DFM cooperation
Synopsys CEO called on the design and fab communities to develop
2004-06-16 Mentor CEO confirms DFM as best bet for EDA boost
Finding sustainable growth in the EDA industry is not an easy thing, according to Wally Rhines, Mentor Graphics CEO and chairman of the EDA Consortium.
2004-06-11 Cadence adds DFM tools to Encounter
Cadence Design Systems Inc. said it has signed a multi-year business agreement with ASML MaskTools to co-develop design-for-manufacturing tools.
2003-05-09 Cadence buys mask prep company in DFM push
Cadence Design Systems Inc. is jumping firmly into the emerging design for manufacturing market following an announcement that it has acquired K2 Technologies Inc.