Avant! Develops Silicon Early Access Methodology for Fujitsu Limited

Avant!'s Advanced IP Services Develop Methodology to Produce Early SPICE

Models for 0.13-Micron CMOS Process Using Avant!'s TCAD-to-ECAD

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Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Avant! Corporation

    FREMONT, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 Avant! Corporation (Nasdaq:   AVNT) announced today the successful completion of
 a Silicon Early Access project for Fujitsu Limited, Japan.  The Avant! Silicon
 Fabrication (TCAD) division, using Avant!'s industry-leading TCAD and ECAD
 tools, developed a re-usable methodology for generating early SPICE device
 models for  Fujitsu's advanced CMOS technologies.  Initial models are targeted
 for a 0.13-micron CMOS process.  The new methodology provides increased
 accuracy and shorter turnaround time for developing early SPICE models that
 will allow Fujitsu to obtain enhanced device designs and higher chip yields.
     Avant!'s expertise in IP services was combined with its industry leading
 TSUPREM-4, Medici, DFM WorkBench, Aurora, and Star-Hspice products to create a
 TCAD-to-ECAD methodology for generating highly accurate and predictive SPICE
 models for Fujitsu's advanced technologies.  The reusable methodology provides
 Fujitsu with a turnkey solution for automating SPICE model extraction in its
 technology development flow.  The benefit is much shorter cycle times for
 making these critical models available to design teams.  Availability of
 early, advanced device models allows designers to quickly predict design
 results for new processes.
     "Supporting our flow development team with  Avant!'s IP services has
 helped enhance our product development plans," said Shigeo Satoh, manager,
 Process Integration Department, Fujitsu Limited.  "In the short term, the new
 methodology enables us produce enhanced SPICE models for our 0.13-micron
 process more quickly, decrease the expense of producing test wafers, and
 shorten our overall design cycle.  In the long term, this technological
 partnership in TCAD helps lay an excellent foundation to commence development
 for our future technology nodes."
     The TCAD-to-ECAD methodology requires simulating a calibrated 0.13-micron
 CMOS technology under varying process conditions to obtain electrical
 characteristics of the resulting device structures.  Both global and binned
 parameter extraction strategies are then developed to obtain the Star-Hspice
 Level 49 Models that are later verified for accuracy using benchmark circuit
 simulation.
     "As a result of Avant!'s recent global reorganization, we are in an
 excellent position to offer many specialized IP services for our customers,"
 said Gerald C. Hsu, chairman, CEO, and president of Avant! Corporation.  "The
 successful completion of the Fujitsu project is a great example of Avant!'s
 ability to quickly and successfully unite our worldwide EDA resources in
 support of customer objectives.  We're pleased to offer this unique
 TCAD-to-ECAD Silicon Early Access solution to Fujitsu."
 
     About Avant!
     Avant! Corporation develops, markets, and supports integrated circuit (IC)
 design automation software solutions (from system definition to mask
 synthesis) for the rapid design of multimillion gate products including system
 on chip (SoC).  These ICs power the consumer electronics, Internet
 infrastructure, wireless, telecommunications, and automotive products.  The
 Company is the leading provider of physical foundation IP libraries for IC
 design and provides a full suite of software for integrated circuit design,
 process simulation, device modeling, and mask synthesis.
     Avant! is a global company with over 65 offices in 18 countries.
 Telephone:  510-413-8000. Fax:  510-413-8080. Worldwide web:
 www.avanticorp.com.
 
     NOTE:  Avant!, Aurora, DFM WorkBench, Medici, Star-Hspice, and TSUPREM-4
 are trademarks of Avant! Corporation.  All other company and product names
 mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
 owners and should be treated as such.
 
 

SOURCE Avant! Corporation
    FREMONT, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 Avant! Corporation (Nasdaq:   AVNT) announced today the successful completion of
 a Silicon Early Access project for Fujitsu Limited, Japan.  The Avant! Silicon
 Fabrication (TCAD) division, using Avant!'s industry-leading TCAD and ECAD
 tools, developed a re-usable methodology for generating early SPICE device
 models for  Fujitsu's advanced CMOS technologies.  Initial models are targeted
 for a 0.13-micron CMOS process.  The new methodology provides increased
 accuracy and shorter turnaround time for developing early SPICE models that
 will allow Fujitsu to obtain enhanced device designs and higher chip yields.
     Avant!'s expertise in IP services was combined with its industry leading
 TSUPREM-4, Medici, DFM WorkBench, Aurora, and Star-Hspice products to create a
 TCAD-to-ECAD methodology for generating highly accurate and predictive SPICE
 models for Fujitsu's advanced technologies.  The reusable methodology provides
 Fujitsu with a turnkey solution for automating SPICE model extraction in its
 technology development flow.  The benefit is much shorter cycle times for
 making these critical models available to design teams.  Availability of
 early, advanced device models allows designers to quickly predict design
 results for new processes.
     "Supporting our flow development team with  Avant!'s IP services has
 helped enhance our product development plans," said Shigeo Satoh, manager,
 Process Integration Department, Fujitsu Limited.  "In the short term, the new
 methodology enables us produce enhanced SPICE models for our 0.13-micron
 process more quickly, decrease the expense of producing test wafers, and
 shorten our overall design cycle.  In the long term, this technological
 partnership in TCAD helps lay an excellent foundation to commence development
 for our future technology nodes."
     The TCAD-to-ECAD methodology requires simulating a calibrated 0.13-micron
 CMOS technology under varying process conditions to obtain electrical
 characteristics of the resulting device structures.  Both global and binned
 parameter extraction strategies are then developed to obtain the Star-Hspice
 Level 49 Models that are later verified for accuracy using benchmark circuit
 simulation.
     "As a result of Avant!'s recent global reorganization, we are in an
 excellent position to offer many specialized IP services for our customers,"
 said Gerald C. Hsu, chairman, CEO, and president of Avant! Corporation.  "The
 successful completion of the Fujitsu project is a great example of Avant!'s
 ability to quickly and successfully unite our worldwide EDA resources in
 support of customer objectives.  We're pleased to offer this unique
 TCAD-to-ECAD Silicon Early Access solution to Fujitsu."
 
     About Avant!
     Avant! Corporation develops, markets, and supports integrated circuit (IC)
 design automation software solutions (from system definition to mask
 synthesis) for the rapid design of multimillion gate products including system
 on chip (SoC).  These ICs power the consumer electronics, Internet
 infrastructure, wireless, telecommunications, and automotive products.  The
 Company is the leading provider of physical foundation IP libraries for IC
 design and provides a full suite of software for integrated circuit design,
 process simulation, device modeling, and mask synthesis.
     Avant! is a global company with over 65 offices in 18 countries.
 Telephone:  510-413-8000. Fax:  510-413-8080. Worldwide web:
 www.avanticorp.com.
 
     NOTE:  Avant!, Aurora, DFM WorkBench, Medici, Star-Hspice, and TSUPREM-4
 are trademarks of Avant! Corporation.  All other company and product names
 mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
 owners and should be treated as such.
 
 SOURCE  Avant! Corporation

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