Non-volatile alternatives to flash are finally moving out of the lab as Applied Materials launches production tools and Arm starts pushing MRAM.
The LightSuite Compiler produces designs based on Python descriptions and certifies them DRC-clean through hooks into the market-leading Calibre DFM suite.
GlobalFoundries has decided to put development of its 7nm process on the backburner and focus on its existing finFET and FD-SOI processes.
Mentor, a Siemens business, has formed an alliance with foundries and OSAT providers and launched a flow that brings IC and package design together.
GlobalFoundries has introduced an embedded-MRAM option for its 22nm FD-SOI process: the 22FDX platform.
X-Fab Silicon Foundries has upgraded its 6in fab in Lubbock, Texas to handle silicon carbide wafers in parallel with existing silicon production.
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Samsung bases PRISM and FLARE defect analysis and optimization on Mentor Graphics' Calibre and Tessent. Yields rise. Ramps shorten.
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TSMC says it has begun risk production on its FinFET Plus (16FF+) process, claiming that it has reached a greater level of maturity earlier in its development cycle than previous nodes developed at the foundry.
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