Cadence DFM Services for TSMC 40-nanometer Technology and Below

Cadence Design Systems introduced DFM Services for TSMC 40-nanometer technology and below. The design-for-manufacturing (DFM) services include model-based simulation of litho-process checks (LPC) and virtual chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) verification for designs down to 28nm. The goal is to help design teams effectively detect litho or CMP hotspots and fix them prior to tapeout. Cadence DFM Services feature turnkey access to DFM analysis based on TSMC’s DFM Data Kit (DDK), and DFM Services output analysis reports.

Cadence DFM Services for TSMC - design-for-manufacturing

Cadence DFM Services Highlights

  • For TSMC 40 nanometer technology and below
  • Includes model-based simulation of litho-process checks (LPC) and virtual chemical mechanical polishing (CMP)
  • Turnkey access to DFM analysis based on TSMC’s DFM Data Kit (DDK) for accuracy
  • DFM Services output analysis reports for fixing in Encounter Digital Implementation System or Virtuoso custom/analog implementation technologies
  • Engineers don’t need to invest in software tools or learn new tools
  • Features a multi-CPU infrastructure
  • Priority turnkey access to TSMC-qualified LPC and CMP analysis tools
  • Designers can verify block-level LPC and CMP compliance early with a pipe cleaner
  • Hundreds of dedicated CPUs run in server farm for fast turnaround time
  • Highly reliable and state-of-the-art IT and security infrastructure, which ensures protection from unauthorized access
  • Leverages many years of experience through long-term DFM collaboration between Cadence and TSMC
  • Provides a learning experience for designers to understand DFM while designing with advanced process nodes
  • Output report enables automated fixing in digital and custom implementation flows
  • Scalable and secured IT infrastructure
  • Helps reduce the risk of schedule slips while optimizing time to volume

More info: Cadence DFM Services (pdf)