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RC extraction from ‘virtual fab’ models may speed PDK availability

Tech Design Forum Logo By Luke Collins, Tech Design Forum

Coventor has updated its SEMulator3D virtual fabrication tool so it can extract predicted resistance and capacitance values from its models. The analysis tool could be used to speed up the availability of early PDKs for rapidly evolving processes.

SEMulator3D abstracts IC manufacturing steps into behavioural models, so that it can simulate a a whole process in a ‘virtual fab’. Because the process steps are modeled using behavioural abstractions, rather than full physics, it becomes practical to run multiple options to explore how variations in each step will affect overall outcomes.

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DAC: Coventor Adds Electrical Analytics to SEMulator3D Version 6.0

ee-timesBy R. Colin Johnson, EE Times

LAKE WALES, Fla.—What began as a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) 3-D design tool has transformed into a 3-D semiconductor design tool which has accordingly added Electrical Analytics to the latest version six of Coventor’s SEMulator3D. See Coventor’s SEMulator3D at the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2016, Austin, Texas, June 5-9), booth 321.

Besides chip designers—now its biggest user segment—are systems designers who, the company claims, make up its fastest growing customer segment. System designers are most interested in how process variations impact their product’s yield robustness, according to David Fried, chief technology officer (CTO) of semiconductors for Coventor.

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Coventor Announces SEMulator3D 6.0 and New Electrical Analysis Capabilities

Coventor’s Virtual Fabrication Platform Addresses Increasingly Complex Semiconductor Process Design Challenges

CARY, NC– June 6, 2016 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of automated software solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced the availability of SEMulator3D® 6.0 – 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, usability enhancements and a new add-on capability for electrical analysis. Along with SEMulator3D 6.0, Coventor is releasing an all-new SEMulator3D Electrical Analysis add-on component that allows seamless resistance and capacitance extraction directly from SEMulator3D process-predictive 3D models. read more…

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Part-time Accountant/Budget Analyst – Cary, NC

Part-time Accountant/Budget Analyst – Cary, NC

Coventor, Inc. is a software company seeking a part-time Accountant to join our team located in Cary, NC. Coventor has recently implemented NetSuite ERP and CRM. Experience in NetSuite is preferred and strong Excel skills are required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain budget and multiple forecast scenarios in Excel
  • Accounting duties include updating cash, assisting with collections, all accounts payable functions, assist with monthly close procedures
  • Communicate with tax preparers each quarter and provide data to prepare quarterly income tax estimates. Prepare annual files for income tax organizer
  • Assist with special projects as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • NetSuite ERP experience preferred
  • Expert level Excel skills
  • Budgeting experience, including working with scenarios, required
  • BS degree in Accounting
  • Four years of experience in public/private accounting
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint

This regular, part-time position is located in Cary, N.C.. Coventor 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. Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to job1846@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, and Paris, France.

Quality Assurance Engineer for 3D Semiconductor Modeling Software – Waltham, MA

Quality Assurance Engineer for 3D Semiconductor Modeling Software – Waltham, MA

We are seeking an entry-level engineer with a strong interest in 3D modeling and simulation to perform quality assurance on our advanced semiconductor fabrication modeling and electrical analysis software. You will be embedded in a collaborative software development team that is following the Scrum agile development process. Through daily engagement with the developers, you will play a critical role in helping us deliver quality software on both Windows and Linux platforms. Your title and salary will be commensurate with your education and experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Validate the functionality and accuracy of our semiconductor virtual fabrication environment
  • Participate in planning and design discussions with the software development team
  • Collaborate with software developers to isolate and resolve defects
  • Conduct exploratory testing by developing realistic process flows representing advanced CMOS technology nodes
  • Design test cases for automated functional and performance regression test suites
  • Numerically verify transistor-level electrical analysis solvers
  • Interact with the applications support team to define customer-centric test cases

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a related discipline
  • 0-2 years of relevant engineering experience
  • Detail-oriented individual who enjoys systematically exploring engineering software
  • Proficiency in Python or similar scripting language
  • Proficiency with Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Team oriented personality with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written)

Desirable Qualifications (any of the following):

  • Semiconductor technology and processing education and/or experience
  • Work experience in software quality assurance
  • Experience as a user or tester of 3D software such as CAD, CAE or TCAD tools

This regular, full-time position is located in Waltham, MA. 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. Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to job1833@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, and Paris, France.

Introducing SEMulator3D Version 5.2

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By: Daniel Sieger, Lead Engineer, SEMulator3D Geometry and Michael Hargrove, Semiconductor Process & Integration Engineer

The SEMulator3D software platform has once again been updated and improved with significantly more features, making it the industry leader in semiconductor virtual fabrication.  read more…

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Inside Process Technology

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By Mark Lapedus

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the foundry business, memory, process technology, lithography and other topics with David Fried, chief technology officer at Coventor, a supplier of predictive modeling tools. What follows are excerpts of that conversation.

SE: Chipmakers are ramping up 16nm/14nm finFETs today, with 10nm and 7nm finFETs just around the corner. What do you see happening at these advanced nodes, particularly at 7nm?

Fried: Most people are predicting evolutionary scaling from 14nm to 10nm to 7nm. It’s doubtful that we will see anything really earth-shattering in these technologies. And so, a lot of the challenges come down to patterning. We are going to see multi-patterning schemes really take hold at more levels. For example, the fins are now based on self-aligned double patterning. People will move into self-aligned quad patterning. The gates are maybe self-aligned double. Now, they will move into self-aligned quad. So, that’s going to be a big expense, because each level is going to have multiple passes and multiple cuts.

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