Mentor Graphics, TSMC Introduce 65nm RF Process Design Kit

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) announced the release of a 65nm RF process design kit. The design kit combines the latest 65 nanometer (nm) mixed-signal and RF process technology from TSMC with Mentor’s new ICStudio(TM) custom integrated circuit (IC) design platform.

TSMC’s 65nm mixed-signal and RF process offers both cost and performance advantages. The process is fully logic-compatible with both copper interconnect and low-K dielectrics on a 9-layer metal process with a core voltage of 1.2 volts and I/O voltages of 1.8, 2.5 and 3.3 volts. The 65nm RF design kit is a comprehensive kit covering both mixed-mode and logic sub-processes. It features devices such as High-Q inductors, MiM and Metal fringe capacitors, Deep N-Well isolation and multiple Vt devices for added flexibility and coverage.

A packaged RF flow tutorial also accompanies the 65nm RF process design kit. This tutorial takes an RF circuit design from schematic capture through RF simulation, layout and post-layout simulation based entirely on the new 65nm RF PDK running on the ICStudio design platform with the Eldo® RF simulator and the Calibre® suite of tools. The tutorial encapsulates the flow between analog design tools, foundry process information and design methodology.

“Today’s design technology can no longer be isolated from advancements in a foundry’s process technology. Our close alliance with TSMC on design kit offerings is a fundamental part of Mentor’s ongoing commitment to providing customers the most comprehensive design solution with strong confidence,” said Jue-Hsien Chern, vice president and general manager, Deep Submicron (DSM) division.

“Our collaboration with Mentor continues the strategic focus of enabling high-performance, mixed-signal and RF designs. This release of the 65nm Mentor design kit after 90nm is evidence of our commitment,” stated Kuo Wu, deputy director of Design Services Marketing at TSMC.

New Mentor ICstudio Design Platform
Mentor’s new ICstudio custom IC design platform integrates all of Mentor’s custom IC design tools into a seamless flow that enables designers to quickly and accurately conceptualize, capture, simulate, layout, and verify the most challenging custom, analog, RF, and mixed-signal designs.

About Mentor Process Design Kits
Downloadable from TSMC’s web site, the Mentor process design kits contain all the basic components necessary to kick off a production design project with Mentor’s IC flow. It includes schematic symbols for the Design Architect®-IC product with their netlist control files, and parameterized device generators for automatic and correct-by-construction device layout in the IC Station® product. It also contains the TSMC-supplied Calibre rule decks and Eldo Spice models.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of over $825 million and employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

About TSMC
TSMC created the semiconductor dedicated foundry industry when it was founded in 1987. It continues as the market leader by steadily increasing its capital spending and by out performing all other market competitors. TSMC posted annual sales of US $8.2 billion in 2005 and currently employs over 20,000 people worldwide. To serve and support customer’s manufacturing needs, TSMC maintains account service offices in Taiwan, North America, Europe and Japan. TSMC’s corporate headquarters are in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.

Mentor Graphics, Eldo, IC Station, Design Architect and Calibre are registered trademarks and ICStudio is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.