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Imec, Coventor expand collaboration to optimize 7 nm semiconductor manufacturing processes

• Joint development team leverages SEMulator3D to explore semiconductor process  variation issues at unprecedented levels
• Collaboration team has conducted a massive computer modeling simulation of a million
wafers to explore process variability in 7nm BEOL semiconductor fabrication
• The extending collaboration aims to further advance the availability, yield and cost of
manufacturing processes for the next generation of 7 nm semiconductor products

Leuven, Belgium & Cary, North Carolina, United States – December 7, 2015 – Imec, a
world-leading nanoelectronics research center and Coventor, a leading supplier of semiconductor process development tools, today announced the expansion of a joint development project to explore process variation issues in 7nm semiconductor technology.

For over a year, the joint team has been using Coventor’s semiconductor process modeling platform, SEMulator3D®, to perform predictive modeling of semiconductor fabrication processes and to proactively analyze process variation issues in 7nm semiconductor technology.   The collaboration has now been expanded beyond logic-only devices to include 3D NAND Flash, STT-MRAM, and other device types.

“Leveraging Coventor’s technical expertise and its SEMulator3D platform has enabled us to solve real-world semiconductor integration and processing problems at the 7nm node,” said An Steegen, senior vice president of process technology at imec. “Our joint collaboration is helping the entire semiconductor industry lower the risks associated with moving to the latest process technologies by providing customers with proven, tested process development platforms and advancing the availability, yield and cost of next-generation semiconductor technology.”

A highlight of the collaboration has been a massive process simulation experiment to explore the effect of process variability in 7nm BEOL (back end of line) fabrication processes. Researchers used SEMulator3D to simulate an entire window of process variability, which would have required more than one million actual semiconductor wafers if conventional testing methods were used. This experiment was made possible by the robust virtual fabrication environment of SEMulator3D using a fully codified 7nm process flow, along with the ability to support parallel distributed computing and a novel algorithm for submitting variation cases to the simulator.  With these powerful tools, the team was able to produce key findings that will help advance 7nm semiconductor technology.

“We have worked with imec to accelerate the state of the art in semiconductor process
technology useful in a broad range of next-generation devices such as Logic, 3D NAND Flash, STT-MRAM, and others,” said David Fried, Chief Technical Officer at Coventor. “By providing our customers with a comprehensive virtual fabrication environment, plus our combined expertise, Coventor and imec are reducing the time and cost associated with moving to these emerging semiconductor nodes.”

About SEMulator3D
The SEMulator3D® platform is an integrated set of modeling tools to interactively simulate a wide range of semiconductor processes, and subsequently avoid time-consuming and expensive silicon fabrication and testing. The latest release of the SEMulator3D® platform (Version 5.1) includes many new features, including new process capabilities like DSA process modeling, new automation features such as edge placement error metrology, support for distributed computing clusters and expanded layout capabilities.

About imec
Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific
knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy.  Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, India and Japan. Its staff of about 2,300 people includes almost 700 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2014, imec’s revenue (P&L) totaled 363 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at www.imec.be. Stay up to date about what’s happening at imec with the monthly imec magazine, available for tablets and smartphones (as an app for iOS and Android), or via the website www.imec.be/imecmagazine.

About Coventor
Coventor, Inc. is the market leader in advanced solutions for developing 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. Its SEMulator3D modeling and analysis platform is used for 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. Its 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. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has offices in California’s Silicon Valley, Waltham, Massachusetts, and Paris, France. More information is available at http://www.coventor.com.

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Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a “stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw, supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.), imec China (IMEC Microelectronics Shanghai Co. Ltd.), imec India (Imec IMEC India
Private Limited) and imec USA (IMEC Inc).

Coventor and SEMulator3D are registered trademarks of Coventor, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Release Contacts:
Jack Lapidas, Coventor, Inc.
U.S. 1.919.869.1472
Toni Sottak, Wired Island International, Inc.
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Coventor Announces MEMS+ 6.0 Platform for MEMS/IoT Integration

Newest Version of Industry-Leading MEMS Design Tool Accelerates Development of Customized, Highly Integrated Sensors for the Internet of Things

CARY, NC– October 5, 2015 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of MEMS design automation solutions, today announced the immediate availability of MEMS+® 6.0, the latest version of its industry-leading MEMS design platform. MEMS+ 6.0 is a significant advance toward a MEMS design automation flow that complements the well-established CMOS design flow, enabling faster integration of MEMS with electronics and packaging. MEMS+ 6.0 features new enablement of MEMS process design kits (PDKs) and second-generation model reduction capabilities.

“The fast growing Internet of Things market will increasingly require customization of MEMS sensors and customized package-level integration to achieve lower power, higher performance, smaller form factors, and lower costs” said Dr. Stephen R. Breit, Vice President of Engineering at Coventor. “MEMS+6.0 is focused on enabling rapid customization and integration of MEMS while enforcing design rules and technology constraints.”

With MEMS+ 6.0, users can create a technology-defined component library that imposes technology constraints and design rules during design entry, resulting in a “correct-by-construction” methodology. This new approach reduces design errors and enables MEMS foundries to offer MEMS Process Design Kits (PDKs) to fabless MEMS designers. Both parties will benefit, with submitted designs having fewer errors, and ultimately fewer design spins and fab cycles required to bring new and derivative products to market.

“We have collaborated with Coventor in defining the requirements for MEMS PDKs for MEMS+” said Joerg Doblaski, Director of Design Support at X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries. “We see the new capabilities in MEMS+ 6.0 as a big step toward a robust MEMS design automation flow that will reduce time to market for fabless MEMS developers and their foundry partners.”

MEMS+6.0 also includes a second-generation model reduction capability with export to MathWorks Simulink® as well as the Verilog-A format. The resulting reduced-order models (ROMs) simulate nearly as fast as simple hand-crafted models, but are far more accurate. This enables system and IC designers to include accurate, non-linear MEMS device models in their system- and circuit-level simulations. For the second generation, Coventor has greatly simplified the inputs for model reduction and automatically includes the key dynamic and electrostatic non-linear effects present in capacitive motion sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. ROMs can be provided to partners without revealing critical design IP.

Additional advances in MEMS+ 6.0 include:

  • Support for design hierarchy, encouraging time-saving re-use of device sub-structures.
  • Refined support for including packaging effects in thermal stability analysis of sensors, reducing the impact ambient temperature can have on the thermal stability of sensor outputs such as zero offset in accelerometers and drift bias in gyros.
  • Improved modeling of devices that rely on piezo-electric effects for sensing. Interest in piezo sensing is growing because the underlying process technology for piezo materials has matured and the potential benefits over capacitive sensing, the current market champion.
  • An expanded MATLAB scripting interface that now allows design entry as well as simulation control.

Availability
The MEMS+ 6.0 software is shipping now. For more detailed product information and to download the new software release, users can visit: http://www.coventor.com/support/portal/.

About Coventor
Coventor, Inc. is the market leader in automated design solutions for MEMS and virtual fabrication of MEMS and semiconductor technologies. Coventor serves a worldwide customer base of integrated device manufacturers, fabless design houses, independent foundries, and R&D organizations. Its customers include developers of MEMS and semiconductor components and subsystems for the consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace, industrial, and defense markets. Components developed with our software are used in mobile phones, tablets, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, cars, and many other applications. Coventor’s software tools and expertise enable its customers to simulate and optimize semiconductor and MEMS fabrications processes and device designs before committing to time-consuming and costly silicon learning cycles. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has offices in California’s Silicon Valley, Waltham, Massachusetts, and Paris, France. More information is available at http://www.coventor.com.

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Coventor and SEMulator3D are registered trademarks of Coventor, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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(408) 876-4418

 

Coventor Releases SEMulator3D 5.0

New Version of Virtual Fabrication Platform Addresses More Demanding Process Challenges and Provides Usability and Performance Enhancements

CARY, NC– June 30, 2015 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced the immediate availability of SEMulator3D® 5.0 – the newest version of its core Virtual Fabrication software platform. Version 5.0 of SEMulator3D adds support for new process capabilities and is re-architected for a more streamlined learning, deployment and modeling process.
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Coventor Adds Dinesh Bettadapur to its Executive Team to Lead Business Development Efforts

Former Intel & ASML Executive with Chip Design, EDA, DFM and Lithography Experience will Help Coventor Grow its Existing Customer Base and Reach New Markets

Coventor appoints Mr. Dinesh Bettadapur as vice president of business development

Coventor appoints Mr. Dinesh Bettadapur as vice president of business development

CARY, North Carolina – June 8, 2015 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced the appointment of Mr. Dinesh Bettadapur as vice president of business development. Bettadapur joins the Coventor executive team and will help expand the company’s leadership across the semiconductor value chain with a special focus on the capital equipment market.
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SITRI and Coventor partner to offer “more then moore” design and process tools to speed development of MEMS-based devices

  • SITRI to represent Coventor in China and provide training and support for all Coventor MEMS products
  • Expands SITRI’s global ecosystem to accelerate the commercialization of IoT products

Cary, North Carolina and Shanghai, China –– May 18, 2015 — SITRI, the innovation center for accelerating the development and commercialization of “More than Moore” solutions to power the Internet of Things, and Coventor Inc., a leader in automated solutions for developing semiconductor process technology and advanced MEMS devices, announced today they have signed an agreement making SITRI the first organization to provide representation, training and support for Coventor MEMS products within China.
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Coventor strengthens presence in Taiwan with innovative predictive modeling platform for semiconductor development

SEMulator3D’s virtual fabrication capabilities ideally positioned to help region’s IC ecosystem streamline technology development schedules and manufacturing costs

CARY, North Carolina – April 22, 2015 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced that it has opened an office near Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan to better serve its growing Taiwan customer base. The move underscores the importance of the company’s SEMulator3D platform for predictive modeling, an approach that changes the way advanced semiconductor technologies are developed by foundries, IDM’s and memory manufacturers. With Taiwan being home to many leading companies in the semiconductor industry, Coventor sees the region as a key area of growth and expansion for the company and its virtual fabrication solution. Coventor is staffing the office with local business and technical experts to work closely with its existing customer base and leverage new opportunities for SEMulator3D, its virtual fabrication platform.
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Imec, Coventor partner to drive advanced CMOS process development through virtual fabrication

Imec researchers using Coventor’s SEMulator3D platform to model and optimize 7nm manufacturing technology

LEUVEN, Belgium & CARY, North Carolina – October 28, 2014 – Belgian nanoelectronics research center imec has announced a joint development project with Coventor, a leading supplier of semiconductor process development tools. The collaboration will enable faster and more optimized development of advanced manufacturing technology in the 3D device architecture era, extending down to imec’s 10- and 7-nanometer (nm) processes.
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Coventor Expands MEMS Modeling Offering With Latest Release of MEMS+® Tool Suite

MEMS+ 5.0 features expanded library of device structures; enhanced model export capability improves speed and visualization for MEMS + IC design

CARY, North Carolina – September 8, 2014 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of design automation software for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced immediate availability of the latest version of its MEMS+® design solution for accelerating development of advanced MEMS devices and systems. MEMS+ 5.0 features an expanded modeling library to enable simulation of a greater variety of devices, with a particular focus on the unique challenges of micro-mirrors and piezo-electric devices. It also adds a new capability to create and export reduced-order models (ROMs) to the MATLAB® Simulink® environment from The MathWorks, Inc. to enable extremely fast and accurate non-linear simulations of MEMS-based systems. This supplements the existing capability to export ROMs in Verilog-A format for simulations of MEMS with electronics in widely used EDA simulators such as the Cadence® Spectre® circuit simulator.
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