TSMC R&D Adopts GSS Mystic

Compact statistical model extraction takes on new importance for advanced technology design

Nov 12, 2013, 04:00 ET from Gold Standard Simulations

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gold Standard Simulations (GSS) revealed today that TSMC has adopted the company's advanced statistical compact model extraction tool Mystic for TCAD device analysis.

"Statistical compact model extraction is an imperative in advanced IC design, particularly at the 28nm technology node and below, where it helps to reduce design pessimism and facilitates high-sigma yield analysis and optimization" according to Dr. Asen Asenov, CEO of Gold Standard Simulations.

Gold Standard Simulation's Mystic is an advanced compact model extraction tool, which has been specifically designed for accurate statistical compact model extraction. It provides a powerful yet flexible scripted environment that enables the development of robust yet accurate compact model extraction strategies for advanced devices based on data from TCAD simulations or silicon measurement.

Compact models are an essential bridge between IC manufacturing technology and IC design for CMOS devices, and must accurately capture the behaviour of advanced devices in order to enable accurate 'right first time' design.

Mystic's highly automated technology, efficient optimization engine, and flexible data handling simplifies the creation of the large, complex statistical compact model libraries required to manage the interplay between process-induced and purely statistical variability in advanced CMOS technologies.

The complex strategies and fitting algorithms needed to extract contemporary compact models require highly flexible extraction software. By utilizing multiple back end simulators and GSS cluster computing and database technology, Mystic can tailor and customize statistical model extraction strategies for maximum accuracy in a highly application-specific environment.

Mystic is fully integrated with both Gold Standard Simulation's GARAND TCAD simulation tools and the RandomSPICE statistical circuit simulation engine.

About Gold Standard Simulations

Gold Standard Simulations is the world leader in simulation of statistical variability in nano-CMOS devices. The company's services include the physical simulation of statistical variability, statistical compact model extraction and statistical circuit simulation using "push button" cluster-based technology. For more information please visit http://www.GoldStandardSimulations.com.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading process technology and the foundry segment's largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IPs, design tools and reference flows. The Company's owned capacity in 2013 is expected to be about 16.5 million (8-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from three advanced 12-inch GIGAFAB™ facilities, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC's wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC China. TSMC is the first foundry to provide 28nm production capabilities. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please visit http://www.tsmc.com.

SOURCE Gold Standard Simulations