GlobalFoundries licenses atomistic TCAD simulator toolchain

By Luke Collins |  No Comments  |  Posted: July 25, 2014
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GlobalFoundries has licensed a flu TCAD and EDA tool chain from Gold Standard Simulations (GSS).

The “multi-million dollar deal” includes GARAND, the GSS atomistic TCAD simulator; Mystic, the GSS statistical compact model extractor; and RandomSpice, the GSS statistical circuit simulator.

The GSS tools are used by foundries to do design and technology co-optimisation, including statistical variability and reliability analysis, in advanced bulk, FDSOI and FinFET CMOS processes.

The tools have come to prominence recently because of their use to simulate key processes, such as Intel’s first finFET offering, the impact of gate-first vs gate-last strategies at 20nm, and the statistical variability of advanced nodes.

“The GSS simulation tools offer significant competitive TCAD advantages that support technology development by providing a seamless flow from Monte Carlo transistor simulation through physical simulation of statistical variability, extraction of accurate statistical compact models, and circuit simulation,” said Francis Benistant, TCAD manager at GlobalFoundries.

Professor Asen Asenov, CEO of GSS, said: “I believe this relationship will prove to be highly symbiotic and will lead to advances in both GlobalFoundries  technology offerings and in driving future developments in the GSS tool chain.”

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