X-FAB's Statistical Modeling Suite Supports MunEDA WiCkeD Tool Family

X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the world’s leading foundry group for analog/mixed-signal semiconductor applications, broadened its statistical modeling suite for Monte Carlo simulation for its 0.6 and 0.35 micrometer analog/mixed-signal technology platforms by announcing support for the MunEDA WiCkeD tool family of software tools. Using the combination of MunEDA automated circuit performance, yield analysis and optimization tools within the X-FAB statistical modeling suite for Monte Carlo simulation can help companies achieve robust, high-yielding designs. The move reflects ongoing cooperation between X-FAB and MunEDA to reduce the number of required analog/mixed-signal design respins and speed time to market for communications, computer, automotive, consumer electronic and other applications.

MunEDA’s tool WiCkeD is a comprehensive family of software tools for manual, semi- and full automatic analysis and yield optimization of analog, mixed-signal and digital circuits. Tools for nominal diagnosis and optimization, Monte Carlo and worst case analysis, and others, are incorporated into an automated script-based IP porting flow for added efficiency.

According to Thomas Ramsch, director of design support at X-FAB, “Designing mixed-signal ICs is challenging and complex. We are pleased to add MunEDA’s methodologies for circuit performance, statistical analysis and yield optimization to our full statistical modeling support. This powerful software helps our customers make their analog/mixed-signal designs more robust and get to market faster.”

Dr. Michael Pronath, vice president of products and solutions at MunEDA, added, “We are pleased that X-FAB is extending its statistical modeling suite for analog/mixed signal semiconductor applications with our tools and methodologies for automated circuit performance, and yield analysis and optimization. The combination – a result of our companies’ long-standing and ongoing cooperation in research – gives designers a way to achieve reliable, high-yielding designs.”

X-FAB’s statistical modeling suite for 0.6 and 0.35 micrometer analog/mixed-signal technology platforms, including the new support for MunEDA solutions, is available immediately.

About X-FAB
X-FAB is the leading analog/mixed-signal foundry group manufacturing silicon wafers for analog-digital integrated circuits (mixed-signal ICs). X-FAB maintains wafer production facilities in Erfurt and Dresden (Germany), Plymouth (UK), Lubbock, Texas (US) and Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia), and employs approximately 2,600 people worldwide. Wafers are manufactured based on ultra-modern modular CMOS and BiCMOS processes with technologies ranging from 1.0 to 0.13 micrometers, for applications primarily in the automotive, communications, consumer and industrial sectors.