Coventor Brings More Accuracy & Performance into Design of MEMS Devices

by Pawan Fangaria

Although MEMS devices in various forms are now found in most electronic devices, predominantly in mobile, automotive, aerospace and many other applications, their major revolution, I believe, is yet to happen. We are seeing rapid innovation in MEMS reflected by their improvements in precision, performance, size reduction, and the continuing evolution of new devices with increasing complexities. The micro level fabrication of MEMS will enable unprecedented use of these into newer and newer semiconductor based electronic devices that will revolutionize the so called IoT arena. MEMS will be essential to IoT products’ ability to connect every aspect of our life, things and happenings around us and provide us ultimate knowledge, control, security through a wide range of devices in many form factors and environments.
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Linking Virtual Wafer Fabrication Modeling with Device-level TCAD Simulation

By Mike Hargrove

Most process/device simulation tools are TCAD-based. By this, I mean they share a common platform which connects the process simulator to the device simulator, usually using the same mesh structure. Most all of these TCAD tools are finite-element based, and the 3D final mesh structure is tetrahedral in nature. The mesh structure contains many nodes which define solution points for the numerous complex set of equations required to create the physical structure, in most cases a transistor, and solve for the electrical characteristics of the device. One of the drawbacks of TCAD is the computational time required to arrive at a solution – both process model solution and device electrical solution. A larger modeled area (e.g. multiple transistors and/or an SRAM cell) usually means longer simulation time.

Coventor’s virtual wafer fabrication approach addresses this challenge. Our process modeling platform combines with the statistical device TCAD suite of tools from Gold Standard Simulations, LTD. (GSS) to produce SRAM device-level simulation capability capturing real process-induced statistical variation. The ultimate objective of statistical device modeling is to capture the intrinsic variation of physically relevant process parameters. The combination of Coventor SEMulator3D process modeling capability and GSS statistical TCAD simulator GARAND fulfills this objective.
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Coventor Strengthens Industry-Leading MEMS Design Solution With Latest Release of CoventorWare® Suite

CoventorWare 2014 delivers new levels of performance, automation and accuracy to address most complex MEMS design challenges

CARY, North Carolina – June 30, 2014 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of design automation software for developing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced immediate availability of its new CoventorWare 2014 suite, the industry’s most proven development solution for advanced modeling and simulation of MEMS devices. The latest release delivers enhanced levels of performance, automation and accuracy for designing a new generation of sophisticated MEMS devices – such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones, and micro-actuators — to reduce overall development costs and time.
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What will the next 30 years of MEMS bring?

Steve Breit, VP Engineering
June, 2014

Coventor attended the Solid State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference last week, known simply as “Hilton Head” to the North American MEMS and nanotechnology community. This is a delightful conference held every two years at the same beachfront resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The location and single track of oral presentations create a congenial atmosphere for engaging with other participants.

At the opening, the conference chair Professor Mehran Mehregany of Case Western Reserve noted that this was the 30th anniversary of the conference and remarked on the incredible technical progress over that period. In 1984, the year of the first conference, MEMS products were only a gleam in the eyes of a select group of researchers. Today, MEMS ship in the billions and are ubiquitous in automobiles, mobile devices, and many other products. Professor Mehregany then asked the assembled micro- and nanotechnology research community a provocative question: Now that MEMS have become a reality, what should we do for the next 30 years? To help the research community answer this question, the organizers assembled a panel of four science fiction writers who shared their speculations on what might be possible in 30 years.
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The IoT bandwagon pulls into DAC

Every year at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), a common theme seems to arise. Most times it’s a chip design oriented or EDA-centric issue, like low power or system-level design, which makes sense since most attendees are deeply involved with design tools and the technical challenges they address. This year, I was pleased to see that the topic on everyone’s minds was a more customer centric one: the Internet of Things (IoT).


IoT has certainly picked up a lot of momentum over the last year or so and everyone seems to want to jump on the bandwagon. The result is there is a lot of hype and confusion about exactly what IoT is. This is not uncommon for an emerging market segment and I am sure things will be more defined as it matures.

But there are some clear requirements for anything that falls into the IoT space, and that is good news for Coventor and our customers. A fundamental necessity is the need for MEMS and sensors – lots of them – to enable the IoT. These sensors will be located in entirely new areas, and as such, will require power, wireless sensor networks to transmit their data, and sophisticated algorithms to harness this data and bring new types of value and services to our lives.
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Senior Applications Support Engineer for MEMS Design Software – Waltham, MA

Senior Applications Support Engineer for MEMS Design Software – Waltham, MA

Do you enjoy plunging into new technical areas, tackling hard-to-solve problems, and teaching and collaborating with engineers? Do you have a strong background in MEMS sensors and actuators, and experience in design, simulation and fabrication?  We are seeking a multi-talented engineer to provide pre- and post-sales support for our industry-leading MEMS design automation solutions. You will have the opportunity to work closely with leading MEMS companies and R&D centers on a wide range of MEMS devices. You will join our outstanding sales and support team and contribute to the collaborative, team-oriented environment in our Waltham, MA software development center. Your level of responsibility, creative freedom and salary will be commensurate with your education and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Equivalent with focus on MEMS design, simulation and fabrication
  • Experience designing MEMS inertial sensors, RF MEMS, optical MEMS, MEMS  MEMS microphones or related MEMS devices
  • Experience with finite element analysis (FEA) with commercial software such as CoventorWare, ANSYS, COMSOL, or ABAQUS
  • Experience with electronic design automation (EDA) tools such as Cadence Virtuoso, MATLAB and Simulink
  • Familiarity with fundamentals of electronics and integrated circuits
  • Proficiency with the Windows and/or Linux operating systems
  • Team orientation with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written).

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional work experience in MEMS design and analysis
  • Thorough understanding of electrostatic actuation and capacitive sensing
  • Strong understanding of multi-DOF electromechanical modeling and simulation
  • Experience with MATLAB scripting and/or Python scripting

This regular, full-time opening is in Waltham, MA and will require some travel. You must be a current legal resident of the U.S. or have a valid U.S. visa to apply for this position. Coventor offers comprehensive benefits and is an EEO/AA Employer. Please email your cover letter and resume to