Ponte Solutions(TM), the bridge between design and manufacturing, announced an interface between its YA System and the Cadence(R) Virtuoso(R) platform that lets designers efficiently perform Critical Area Analysis (CAA) and repair during layout.
Developed under the auspices of the Cadence Connections(R) Program, the interface allows IP designers to address CAA in an actionable manner during the creation of IP elements, standard cells, and memories. As CAA is both statistical and contextual in nature it has been difficult for designers to take specific measurable actions to reduce CAA issues. The current release of Ponte’s YA System addresses this problem by presenting the designer with prioritized CAA hot spots, which will ensure the most critical CAA effects as predicted by certified defect kits provided by the leading foundries, are identified and corrected. By interfacing to the Cadence Virtuoso platform via Open Access, Ponte’s YA System can be used to analyze and correct CAA issues during design.
“It is important that designs at 65nm and below consider the impact of DFM during development,” said Walter Ng, senior director of platform alliances, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. “This is a good example of a real design solution resulting from companies teaming up to develop the appropriate interfaces which allow designers to fully utilize the capabilities of today’s advanced nanometer process technologies.”
Free White Paper Available: Using CAA for DFM Optimization of Standard Cells Ponte has placed on Ponte Solutions’ web site a white paper describing the application of this solution in the DFM optimization of Standard Cells.
About Cadence Connections Program
The Cadence Connections program promotes interoperability in all areas of electronic design, bringing value and third-party solutions to our customers’ design chain. Connections Program members develop integrated software solutions that extend and add value to Cadence’s leading design and verification technology. With more than 130 member companies, the Connections program has the industry’s largest collection of third-party solutions working together with Cadence to make our mutual customers more successful.
About Ponte Solutions
Ponte Solutions, Inc. develops and markets unique model-based software products and design for manufacturing (DFM) solutions that analyze, predict, and reduce the impact of process variability during the manufacture and design of semiconductors. Ponte customers include leading semiconductor companies, foundries, and design houses worldwide. Founded in 2002, the venture-backed company has received funding from The Mayfield Fund, U.S. Venture Partners, Incubic LLC, Silicom Ventures LLC, and others. The company has offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Yerevan, Armenia.
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