STMicroelectronics Selects Brion Tachyon OPC+ for 45nm Chip

Brion Technologies announced that STMicroelectronics is producing 55 nanometer (nm) and 45nm devices using Brion’s Tachyon(tm) OPC+ optical proximity correction (OPC) solution. This follows the successful completion of the companies’ earlier OPC joint development program. STMicroelectronics’ adoption of Tachyon OPC+ combined with their current use of Tachyon Lithography Manufacturing Check (LMC), a model-based, full-chip, through-process-window lithography verification solution, for production at 90nm, 65nm and 45nm nodes provides STMicroelectronics an integrated computational solution.

“Tachyon’s predictable run times, reliable performance and yield-sensitive inspection has had a positive impact on our advanced OPC flow deployment process,” said Joël Hartmann, Silicon Technology Development director for STMicroelectronics, in Crolles, France. “Brion provides a clear economic benefit by delivering optimal cost of ownership as well as competitive technical solutions. We look forward to continuing this extremely productive collaboration.”

“Brion is committed to delivering STMicroelectronics a comprehensive lithography solution to enable current and future development of semiconductor devices,” said Jim Koonmen, general manager of Brion. “We are honored to collaborate with STMicroelectronics in optimizing lithography production efficiency.”

STMicroelectronics is working closely with ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) (Amsterdam:ASML) and Brion to develop 45nm and 32nm OPC and lithography solutions. Brion products enable STMicroelectronics to access scanner-specific data for 32nm development and 45nm production.

About STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today’s convergence markets. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2007, the Company’s net revenues were $10.0 billion.

About Brion Technologies
Brion Technologies is an ASML company and industry leader in computational lithography for integrated circuits. Brion’s Tachyon(tm) platform, an OPC and OPC verification system, enables capabilities that address chip design, photomask making and wafer printing for semiconductor manufacturing. Brion is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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