imec partners with 3D virtual fabrication company for advanced CMOS process development
imec has announced a partnership with Coventor, a supplier of semiconductor process development tools, to drive advanced CMOS process development through virtual fabrication.
In the project, imec will utilize Coventor’s SEMulator3D platform to model and optimize 7 nm and 10 nm manufacturing technology in the 3D device architecture era. SEMulator 3D virtual fabrication is a 3D semiconductor and MEMS process modeling platform that features an integrated set of modeling tools that enables engineers to interactively model and simulate a wide range of manufacturing effects in software before committing to expensive test chips.
Engineers from imec and Coventor are working together to reduce silicon learning cycles and development costs by down selecting the options for development of advanced manufacturing technologies, according to a press release.
"A virtual fabrication platform enables us to tie together integrated processing before all of the individual processes are available," said An Steegen, senior vice president process technology at imec. "The SEMulator3D tool gives us the visibility and accuracy to do that, and an integrated platform to bring together all the various elements of advanced processing before moving on to actual silicon."
David Fried, Chief Technical Officer, Semiconductor, at Coventor, also commented on the collaboration.
"Working together with imec on novel integration schemes, designing SEMulator3D-specific structures for imec’s testsites, and then calibrating advanced models to imec’s wafer processing is an extremely effective and valuable way for Coventor to optimize our virtual fabrication platform for emerging market requirements."
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