Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT) and Semiconductor Manufacturing
International Corporation ("SMIC") (NYSE:SMI) (SEHK:0981) today
announced that SMIC is using the Calibre® PERC circuit reliability
verification solution as part of its latest electrostatic discharge
(ESD) protection design methodology. SMIC's approach helps ensure whole
chip ESD protection for its customers' large, complex SoCs, including
all I/Os, embedded IP blocks from SMIC or third-party sources, and eFuse
embedded memory. SMIC adopted the Calibre
PERC solution because it provides the unique ability to
automatically combine schematic (netlist) and physical layout criteria
and measurements to perform advanced reliability checks that until now
were primarily done manually.
"New applications and use models create more difficult ESD protection
challenges for designers due to increasing breakdown voltage
variability, and a greater number of vulnerable circuit nodes at the
interfaces between voltage domains in low power designs," said Tianshen
Tang, vice president of design service at SMIC. "We offer a
multi-pronged approach that includes robust ESD protection in our IP
libraries, running circuit checks for our customers using Calibre PERC
with SMIC rule decks, and consulting services to assist customers with
their specific ESD performance and reliability needs. We will also issue
Calibre PERC design kits for our customers by mid-year so they can
define and run their own checks."
SMIC uses the Calibre PERC platform's Logic-Driven-Layout analysis
capability to ensure that all designs, including SMIC IP libraries and
customer designs, conform to SMIC's enhanced ESD design rules. Some of
the key ESD protection techniques include:
Integrated ESD protection with a common ESD ground bus for the entire
I/O ring to ensure safe discharge
Cross-voltage domain and analog-digital interface protection
Fast trigger protection devices for enhanced design margin
Low leakage protection circuits and high latch-up immunity
Local ESD protection for IP cores and eFuse memories
The Calibre PERC product not only detects violations, but provides
designers with a holistic environment for debugging circuit reliability
problems with an integrated view of circuit connectivity, topology,
physical layout and design rules that is not available in any other tool.
"Designers are realizing that regardless of the process dimension they
are targeting, circuit reliability checking is a growing issue that
requires much more sophisticated automation than in the past," said
Michael Buehler-Garcia, senior director of marketing for Calibre Design
Solutions at Mentor Graphics. "The impact on yield and long-term
reliability grows at each successive node, so designers should plan to
make advanced reliability checking an integral and permanent addition to
their design flows."
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE:
SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the
world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China,
providing integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at
0.35-micron to 40-nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has
a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and three 200mm wafer fabs in
its Shanghai mega-fab, two 300mm wafer fabs in its Beijing mega-fab, a
200mm wafer fab in Tianjin, and a 200mm fab under construction in
Shenzhen. SMIC also has customer service and marketing offices in the
U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong
Kong. In addition, SMIC manages and operates a 300mm wafer fab in Wuhan
owned by Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation. For more
information, please visit www.smics.com.
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About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 electronic,
semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company
reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,015 million.
Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road,
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.
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