Posted: July 8, 2009

UMC Qualifies Silicon Frontline's Parasitic Extraction Software for 40 and 65nm Processes

(Nanowerk News) Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. (SFT) announced today that its 3D extraction software for post-layout verification, F3D (Fast 3D), has been validated by semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corporation ("UMC"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, for UMC's 40 and 65nm processes. F3D provides field solver accuracy for full-chip design, enabling higher quality extraction and faster post-layout verification closure.
UMC qualified Silicon Frontline's F3D for post-layout verification because it guarantees accuracy and high performance by using rigorous 3D technology to extract parasitics. Users can specify the level of accuracy desired, net by net, at the block level or with regular expressions. By guaranteeing accuracy, Silicon Frontline is ensuring the resulting parasitics are correct within the user-specified accuracy.
"Qualifying design tools such as Silicon Frontline's F3D aids our customers in choosing the software they need to design complex, high performance ICs and to confidently achieve silicon success," said Stephen Fu, IP Development and Design Support director, at UMC. "The combination of F3D technology with our advanced manufacturing processes, gives customers a more predictable and smoother flow to silicon success."
"We are pleased to have one of the world's leading foundries, UMC, support our 3D extraction software for post-layout verification of designs targeting its advanced processes," said Yuri Feinberg, CEO. "With our software, UMC customers can experience Guaranteed Accuracy with full-chip capacity and performance."
Silicon Frontline announced the company and its first EDA software products in May. F3D is ideally suited for sensitive analog and AMS circuits where coupling is a challenge -- ADCs, DACs, circuits with differential signals, MIM/MOMCaps and 3D devices, image sensors, RF and high speed designs and for circuits manufactured at advanced technology nodes, such as 65 and 45nm.
About UMC
UMC is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced technology and manufacturing services for applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC's customer-driven foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage the strength of the company's leading-edge processes, which include production proven 65nm, 45/40nm, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through 10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i are both in volume production for a variety of customer products. The company employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States.
About Silicon Frontline
Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. provides post-layout verification software that is Guaranteed Accurate and works with existing design flows from major EDA vendors. Using new 3D technology, the company's software products improve silicon quality for standard and advanced nanometer processes.
Source: Silicon Frontline Technology (press release)
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