Semiconductor Solutions Overview
Innovation abounds in semiconductor manufacturing. From advanced technology nodes for logic and memory, to high-power analog, image sensors, advanced display technology and MEMS, each passing year brings more variety and new manufacturing challenges. And yet…most technology development is still done by trial-and-error silicon engineering – cycle after cycle of fabricating and measuring test wafers. With state-of-the-art fabs requiring multi-billion investments and technology growing ever more complex, the time and cost of trial-and-error silicon engineering have become unacceptable. The concurrent penalty for missing a market window has become extreme.
A Platform for Software-Assisted Silicon Engineering
Predictive, 3D process modeling with Coventor’s SEMulator3D® software is an alternative approach that can dramatically reduce silicon learning cycles and cut development costs, and reduce the risk of missing a market window. SEMulator3D is the foundation for a virtual fabrication environment that mimics the actual fab. Starting from a virtual wafer substrate, SEMulator3D performs the same series of unit processes, including lithography with design-specific masks, to produce the virtual equivalent of the complex 3D structures created in the fab. Just as in an actual fab, upstream unit process parameters (such as deposition conformality, etch anisotropy, selectivity, etc.) interact with each other and design data in a complex way to impact the final structure. The implications of process integration in terms of critical physical dimensions and other structural measurements can be easily visualized and quantified. Unlike actual wafer runs which take weeks to months, virtual fabrication takes minutes to hours to produce results.
SEMulator3D is not specific to any technology node or type – it’s applicable to all scales of integrated semiconductor manufacturing, regardless of device type and processing complexity. The world’s top semiconductor and MEMS manufacturers use the SEMulator3D platform for
- Process integration of leading-edge CMOS technology nodes (22nm and beyond)
- Technology transfer of advanced flash memory processes
- Process documentation of advanced DRAM/SRAM technology
- Optical sensor process modeling and optimization
- MEMS design verification and process development
- Hard disk read/write head design and verification
A Paradigm Shift
Coventor’s offering for semiconductor manufacturing encompasses much more than just software. The transition to software-assisted silicon engineering is a paradigm shift for most process engineering organizations. Coventor’s full solution includes training and expert consulting on predictive process modeling, calibration, customization, interfacing with 3rd-party tools, IT infrastructure requirements and virtual fabrication best practices. These services enable a smooth transition and rapid ROI. We invite you to learn more about the uses and value of the SEMulator3D virtual fabrication platform by exploring other pages in this section.