IBM, Chartered, Samsung Team on 45nm DFM for Common Platform

As the Common Platform(TM) technology alliance, IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. announced the availability of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) technology models, data files and design kits from leading EDA and DFM companies, supporting Common Platform technology at 45 nanometer (nm). This is the second node, following 65nm, where the alliance partners have driven comprehensive DFM solutions, which marry technology and tool support from leading EDA and DFM suppliers with manufacturing data and models from the Common Platform technology foundries to help ensure the success of chip designs at this advanced technology node across all three manufacturers’ fabs.

The Common Platform technology alliance is exhibiting this week in booth #2460 at the 44th annual Design Automation Conference in San Diego, Calif.

“Our goal is to enable our customers to make informed decisions about design tradeoffs which for today’s leading-edge technologies include manufacturability,” said Ana Molnar Hunter, vice president of technology, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “At 45nm, DFM is integral in linking design, process flow, and manufacturing, giving designers more control and predictability over the outcome for robust variation-aware designs.”

The 45nm DFM offering for Common Platform technology supports a wide range of capabilities, which address the critical manufacturing-related issues from design to mask making. While continuing to support existing capabilities from multiple companies previously announced at 65nm, the Common Platform companies have enabled additional tools, including DFM tools from Mentor Graphics that perform critical area analysis (CAA) and critical feature analysis (CFA) and a silicon-validated CMP Predictor from Cadence Design Systems.

The move to 45nm requires even greater cooperation across multiple tool suppliers, and to address this challenge and better serve customers, the Common Platform companies are driving unprecedented industry collaboration and integration of design solutions and are demonstrating cross-vendor tool integration at DAC.

About the Common Platform
IBM, Chartered and Samsung Electronics have broken new ground in the semiconductor industry with a unique collaboration focused on leading-edge, jointly developed digital CMOS process technologies and advanced manufacturing. The Common Platform model is further supported by a comprehensive ecosystem of design enablement and implementation partners from the EDA, IP and design services industries. This ecosystem allows foundry customers to source their chip designs to multiple 300mm foundries with minimal design work, unprecedented flexibility and choice. The Common Platform model features 90nm, 65nm, 45nm and 32nm technologies.

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About Chartered
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Nasdaq:CHRT) (SGX-ST:CHARTERED), one of the world’s top dedicated semiconductor foundries, offers leading-edge technologies down to 65 nanometer (nm), enabling today’s system-on-chip designs. The company further serves the needs of customers through its collaborative, joint development approach on a technology roadmap that extends to 32nm. Chartered’s strategy is based on open and comprehensive design enablement solutions, manufacturing enhancement methodologies, and a commitment to flexible sourcing. In Singapore, the company operates a 300mm fabrication facility and four 200mm facilities.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately 138,000 people in over 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, Telecommunication Network Business and Digital Appliance Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.

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