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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.

The MEMS+ 6.0 software is shipping now. For more detailed product information and to download the new software release, users can visit:

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


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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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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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