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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.

Listen to this episode of fish fry here

Technical Writer for 3D Modeling Software – Waltham, MA

Technical Writer for 3D Modeling Software – Waltham, MA

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 expand rapidly.

We are seeking a technical writer to help us create and update the documentation suite for our advanced semiconductor fabrication modeling and electrical analysis software.  You will have responsibility for maintenance of the documentation, including user guide, installation instructions, scripting API manual, tutorials and release notes.  You will have full access to our development organization, who will help to explain new features and generate initial documentation revisions, and you’re welcome to participate fully in our Agile software development process to keep up to speed on changes to the software.

This position is a great opportunity for a technical writer with some interest in engineering or software to work with a strong engineering team, and to learn all about how advanced semiconductor manufacturing works!

Responsibilities:

  • Create, update, proofread and manage the documentation suite for our advanced semiconductor modeling product
  • Collaborate closely with development and applications engineering staff for technical help with documentation
  • Produce polished, professional quality documentation conforming to our desired style
  • Work with our revision control system to track your changes
  • Help to guide our choices of distribution formats and authoring tools

 

Required Qualifications (all of the following):

  • 5+ years of professional experience in technical writing
  • Impeccable English language spelling and grammar
  • Demonstrated ability to explain complex technical topics with understandable text, supported with writing samples
  • Good organizational skills; able to manage multiple tasks independently
  • Strong inter-personal skills; able to communicate and collaborate with engineers
  • Desire to contribute to and work with a team, helping us to meet our product delivery goals

 

Desirable Qualifications (any of the following):

  • Experience with Adobe FrameMaker
  • A degree in any engineering or science discipline
  • Professional experience in technical writing for an engineering software product such as CAD, CAE or EDA
  • Experience in or knowledge of the semiconductor industry
  • Experience with generating HTML-based help systems for software products
  • Experience with version control systems

 

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 a cover letter and your resume to job1861@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.

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.

read the full article here

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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DAC 2017: MEMS are key to IoT applications

By Martha DeGrasse

Coventor is changing the way MEMS are made

The value of the internet of things lies in the data generated by billions of connected devices, and those devices need sensors to generate that data. Sensors measure temperature, light, speed, position, moisture, flow rate, activity level … almost anything you can measure with your five senses and some things you can’t even perceive.

Sensors are often paired with actuators, miniature machines that perform a function based on digital instructions. For example, a sensor could measure how quickly liquid flows through a pipe, and an actuator could trigger a valve to stop the flow.

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3D Geometry Software Engineer – Paris, France

3D Geometry Software 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.

We are looking for a talented software engineer with a strong background in 3D geometry to join our development team. Our voxel-based 3D modeling engine creates highly accurate, topologically complex models of nanometer-scale semiconductor devices. You will participate in the research and development of new algorithms for generation of surface and volume meshes from our voxel models. This is a perfect role for candidates who are interested in 3D geometry algorithms as well as software engineering in a commercial environment. You will work closely with the Coventor semiconductor process technology team to understand the technical requirements of our partners and customers. Your work will enable Coventor, and our customers, to interface with third-party software tools and partner companies.

This is a hands-on software engineering position focused on C++ software development. You will have the chance to work on a young, innovative product and to work closely with a collaborative, skilled team in both Europe and the USA.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the design and implementation of 3D geometry algorithms for surface and volume mesh generation, as well as mesh post-processing.
  • Implement mesh generation algorithms in industrial-strength C++ code.
  • Implement model export features to convert voxel models and/or meshes to various third-party file formats.
  • Unit testing and bug fixing.
  • Collaborate with our applications team to understand customer requests and troubleshoot customer problems.
  • Provide input to and review documentation, tutorials, and user training materials.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or MS in computer science related to 3D geometry, or equivalent work experience.
  • Expertise in 3D geometry algorithms such as mesh generation and processing, voxel modeling, or 3D visualization.
  • Strong background in C++ programming and software engineering
  • Strong fundamental math skills, including computational geometry and numerical linear algebra.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral, as well as the ability to clearly communicate technical concepts.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with unstructured mesh generation algorithms, especially Delaunay-based methods.
  • Knowledge of agile methods, object-oriented design, design patterns, and cross-platform development (Windows/Linux).
  • Experience with C++ libraries such as boost, STL, CGAL, VTK, Qt. Familiarity with C++11 and template programming. Python coding skills.
  • Any professional software development experience is a plus, preferably developing a 3D modeling software product.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor process technology, or any software related to semiconductor design or manufacturing.

Salary, job title and responsibilities will be commensurate with experience. This opening is in Villebon sur Yvette (91), close to Paris. If you are interested in this opportunity and you are authorized to work in France, e-mail your resume in English to job1860@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.

Virtual fabrication platform provides statistical insight into process variation challenges

By Julien Happich

EDA solutions provider Coventor has released the latest version of its semiconductor virtual fabrication platform, SEMulator3D 6.1. The 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.

read the full article here.