Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the Calibre® nmOPC and OPCverify(tm) computational lithography tools accelerated with Cell Broadband Engine(tm) (Cell/B.E.) processor technology have been qualified for production at IBM for 45nm and smaller process nodes. “IBM Microelectronics has qualified Calibre nmOPC software with Cell/B.E. acceleration to improve critical mask layer time-to-market, while maintaining acceptable total cost of computing for 45nm and 32nm designs,” said Tim Farrell, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Microelectronics Division. “Cell/B.E. multi-core technology is a great fit for computational lithography due to its ability to accelerate the image simulation and Fast Fourier Transformation processing used in nmOPC.”
Like many other areas involving complex simulation, the performance requirements for computational lithography for integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing are outrunning the performance of general-purpose computing platforms. Just as other segments from aerospace to medical imaging have turned to Cell/B.E. processor platforms, IC development also needs the power of this advanced technology to meet a combination of turnaround, throughput, accuracy, and cost management objectives.
To address the challenge of computational lithography for advanced technology nodes, Mentor Graphics partnered with Mercury Computer Systems to optimize Calibre nmOPC and OPCverify software for the Cell/B.E. processor. Mercury provides a pre-integrated coprocessor acceleration (CPA) cluster comprising Cell/B.E. blades in an IBM BladeCenter H system. Customers simply connect the CPA cluster to their existing standard compute cluster using a standard Ethernet connection. The combination of advanced software and hardware provides dramatic reductions in turnaround time (TAT) and cost for advanced IC technology nodes.
Cell/B.E. technology is being used to accelerate other electronics industry workloads such as photomask and LCD inspection, as well as imaging and real-time analytics workloads in digital content creation and distribution, digital video surveillance, medical imaging, aerospace & defense, seismic petroleum and financial markets. Mercury’s computing platforms capture, process and present data for the world’s largest medical imaging companies; 8-of-the-10 top defense prime contractors; and other leading Fortune-500 and mid-market companies in semiconductor, energy, telecommunications and other industries.
The Calibre nmOPC and OPCverify software for standard and CPA clusters is available from Mentor Graphics. The pre-integrated BladeCenter H CPA cluster is available from Mercury Computer Systems. Mentor will exhibit the nmOPC solution with co-processor acceleration (CPA) at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference in booth #306 at the San Jose Convention Center on February 26 and 27, 2008.
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.
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