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“Problems and Solutions at 7nm” – David Fried Video Interview with Semiconductor Engineering

David Fried, Chief Technology Officer of Coventor, has a discussion with Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering about what’s going on at 7nm, and some of the problems that we’re starting to experience at both 7nm and 5nm.


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Semiconductor Process and Integration Engineer – Albany/Saratoga, NY

Semiconductor Process and Integration Engineer – Albany/Saratoga, NY

We are seeking a MS/PhD-level engineer who has experience and expertise in leading node semiconductor process integration and fabrication. You will work with leading semiconductor companies to implement our virtual fabrication solution for their most advanced development programs, including 10nm CMOS technology and beyond! You will collaborate with the Semiconductor Process & Integration team in the Office of the CTO and highly skilled software development team to create integration and modeling solutions for industry-critical manufacturing challenges. Our tight-knit team of creative engineers is critical in leading customers into the methodology of virtual fabrication.

This is a hands-on engineering position, requiring proficiency in full flow semiconductor process integration, as well as strong communication and presentation skills. Your title, level of responsibility, creative freedom and salary will be commensurate with your education and experience.

Location: Albany/Saratoga, NY area.  Work is expected to be partly based at customer/partner sites. Travel is expected.

Required Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree required, PhD degree preferred, in related fields of Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Applied Physics.

Experience: Semiconductor Technology and Processing education and experience in leading node 14/10/7nm is preferred.

Skills:  Semiconductor Processing and Integration, Semiconductor Device Physics (preferred), self-starter able to complete projects on their own, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Modeling, Python scripting language, Technical Writing , Communication and Presentation.

This regular, full-time position is located in the Albany/Saratoga, NY area. Coventor offers comprehensive benefits and is an EEO/AA Employer. You must be a current legal resident of the U.S. or have a valid U.S. visa to apply for this position. If you are interested in this opportunity and you are authorized to work in the United States, e-mail your cover letter and CV in English to job1862@coventor.com.

About Coventor:

Coventor, Inc. (www.coventor.com) is the global market leader in virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor technologies and design automation solutions for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Coventor serves a worldwide customer base of integrated device manufacturers, independent foundries, equipment makers, and R&D organizations that develop semiconductor and MEMS technologies for consumer, automotive, aerospace, industrial, and defense uses. Coventor’s predictive modeling tools and expertise enable its customers to dramatically reduce silicon learning cycles, giving them a time-to-market advantage and reducing technology development costs. The company is headquartered in Cary NC and has offices in Waltham MA, Silicon Valley CA, Tokyo Japan, Hsinchu Taiwan, Dongtan South Korea,  and Paris France.

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The Future of MEMS Design: Making MEMS Design More Like CMOS Design

By: Christine Dufour, MEMS PDK Program Manager

MEMS-based component suppliers want to rapidly ramp their designs into high-volume production.  This demand is driving MEMS suppliers to focus on ways to more efficiently re-use established process steps, stacks or technology platforms. To meet this need, we see the emergence of standard MEMS technology and design platforms similar to those used in CMOS design.

The semiconductor industry and EDA vendors have established integrated design environments based on PDKs (Process Design Kits), standard cell libraries, memory architectures, and IP, to give easy access to the technology for IC designers and increase chances of first-pass successful silicon. Coventor’s vision is that the MEMS eco system and MEMS EDA software vendors should play a similar role in accelerating MEMS product development. read more…

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Senior C++ Numerical Simulation Engineer – Paris, France

Senior C++ Numerical Simulation Engineer – Paris, France

At Coventor Inc., we build innovative software products to solve semiconductor technology challenges. Our 3D modeling software is revolutionizing the way that semiconductor chips are fabricated around the world. Enabled by our core intellectual property – an accelerated 3D voxel modeling and visualization engine – our software is evolving fast as our business and customer base expands rapidly.

Coventor is seeking an expert in numerical simulation to model the implantation and diffusion of dopants in contemporary semiconductor devices.  The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in numerical physics, strong math skills, and the ability to devise appropriate numerical simulation techniques to solve a variety of physical models.  Direct knowledge of diffusion or implantation processes would be beneficial but is not required for this position.  This is a hands-on position with significant C++ coding responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in research, prototyping and characterization of physical models for simulation of implant and diffusion phenomena in nano-scale semiconductor devices
  • Participate in implementing new implant and diffusion modeling algorithms in C++, using and extending existing modeling infrastructure and APIs
  • Participate in general software engineering tasks, including verification, testing, bug fixing and maintenance of existing code

Required Qualifications (all of the following):

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering or equivalent, with focus on numerical physics
  • Direct experience in implementation of numerical physics simulation algorithms in three dimensions (FVM, FEM, FDM, etc.)
  • Direct experience with solution of coupled systems of linear and non-linear partial differential equations
  • Strong  C++ coding skills, including use of the standard template library
  • Strong math skills, including a thorough knowledge of linear algebra and calculus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Desire to collaborate, contribute to, and learn from a team

Desirable Qualifications (any of the following):

  • Experience in or knowledge of semiconductor implant or diffusion models·         Experience with Monte-Carlo modeling techniques
  • General knowledge of semiconductor process technology or semiconductor device behavior
  • Basic working knowledge of Matlab
  • Experience with cross-platform development, on Windows and Linux
  • Experience with one or more of: Boost, STL, C++11 or later, Python

This opening is the Paris area. Salary will commensurate with experience. If you are interested in this opportunity and you are authorized to work in France, e-mail your resume in English to job1858@coventor.com.

About Coventor:

Coventor® is the market leader in software solutions for the development of semiconductor process technology, as well as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Coventor serves a worldwide customer base of integrated device manufacturers, memory suppliers, fabless design houses, independent foundries, and R&D organizations. Our SEMulator3D modeling and analysis platform provides fast and accurate ‘virtual fabrication’ of advanced manufacturing processes, allowing engineers to understand manufacturing effects early in the development process and reduce time-consuming and costly silicon learning cycles. Our MEMS design solutions are used to develop MEMS-based products for automotive, aerospace, industrial, defense, and consumer electronics applications, including smart phones, tablets, and gaming systems. Our software and expertise helps customers predict the structures and behavior of their designs before they commit to time-consuming and costly fabrication.  For more information please visit www.coventor.com.

3D Model-Based Process Control for the Future of Smart Manufacturing

David Fried’s, CTO of Coventor, gave a presentation entitled “3D Model-Based Process Control for the Future of Smart Manufacturing” at SEMICON West 2017.

Listen to this presentation to gain an understanding of high-speed 3D process modeling and how model-based process control can be used to improve process yield of advanced semiconductor technologies.

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Scaling the Analytic Mountains – How Big Data is Changing the Course of the Semiconductor Industry

By Amelia Dalton

It’s coming. He knows it is. It’s only a matter of time before it buries him. His story is not unique. It’s been played out in our industry over and over again. He’s suffering from BUAMODS – or – Buried Under A Mountain Of Data Syndrome. But what’s the cure for this ailment? How do we dig ourselves out from underneath this mountain of analytics? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we strike at the very heart of this issue. Dr David Fried (CTO – Coventor) joins us to discuss how big analytics are changing the course of the semiconductor industry. We talk about the value of process variant experiments and how process modeling will affect the future of advanced 3-D technologies. Also this week, we check out a new 3-D prototype chip from MIT and Stanford University that combines data storage and computing in a single chip with a little help from multiple nanotechnologies.

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The move to 7nm pushes design to new limits

While chipmakers are keen to move to the 7nm node, the use of ‘tricks’ to extend the life of optical lithography, amidst a continuing wait for EUV, is piling up the design challenges.

“In the last five to six years, we have gone through six to seven nodes, starting with variants of 28nm,” said Balaji Velikandanathan, quality engineer at Qualcomm, in a panel session at June’s Design Automation Conference. “We are talking about [moving from] inception to tapeout in nine months and [introducing] a new process node every year.”

Qualcomm wants to move to 7nm to push frequency to 3GHz and reduce power by 30%, compared to the 10nm Snapdragon 835 used in phones such as the HTC U11.

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Coventor Announces SEMulator3D 6.1 and New Analytics Capabilities

Coventor Announces SEMulator3D 6.1 and New Analytics Capabilities

Coventor’s Virtual Fabrication Platform Provides Statistical Insight into Process Variation Challenges

CARY, NC– June 22, 2016 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of automated software solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced the availability of SEMulator3D® 6.1 – the latest version of its semiconductor virtual fabrication platform.   This new version further increases the accuracy of the process simulation, geometry and modeling of advanced semiconductor processes with new features and usability enhancements.  Along with SEMulator3D Version 6.1, Coventor is releasing an all-new SEMulator3D Analytics add-on component that automates statistical analysis of process variation directly from within the SEMulator3D process-predictive platform.

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