SOURCE: Coventor, Inc

Coventor, Inc

April 22, 2015 08:00 ET

Coventor Strengthens Presence in Taiwan With Innovative Predictive Modeling Platform for Semiconductor Development

SEMulator3D's Virtual Fabrication Capabilities Ideally Positioned to Help Region's IC Ecosystem Streamline Technology Development Schedules and Manufacturing Costs

CARY, NC--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2015) - Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced that it has opened an office near Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan to better serve its growing Taiwan customer base. The move underscores the importance of the company's SEMulator3D platform for predictive modeling, an approach that changes the way advanced semiconductor technologies are developed by foundries, IDM's and memory manufacturers. With Taiwan being home to many leading companies in the semiconductor industry, Coventor sees the region as a key area of growth and expansion for the company and its virtual fabrication solution. Coventor is staffing the office with local business and technical experts to work closely with its existing customer base and leverage new opportunities for SEMulator3D, its virtual fabrication platform.

Semiconductor device and interconnect architectures are continuously evolving, making the manufacturing process increasingly complex. Many technologies have evolved into 3D structures as a method for continuing to scale chip functional density. Advanced 3D memory technologies for DRAM and NAND Flash as well as integrated 3D front-end-of-line (FEOL) logic processes such as FinFETs represent significant development challenges for foundries and fabless design teams. SEMulator3D equips the world's leading semiconductor architects with an advanced 3D virtual fabrication platform that enables them to effectively collaborate at the physical process level and integrate new technologies into the manufacturing process.

"We've seen significant ramp in demand for Coventor to collaborate more closely with Taiwan-based semiconductor companies. SEMulator3D brings unprecedented physical accuracy and predictive modeling capabilities to process development, expanding the value of virtual fabrication to the broader semiconductor ecosystem. Process integration teams using SEMulator3D can dramatically reduce silicon learning cycles and the billions of dollars spent reaching manufacturing readiness," said Mike Jamiolkowski, President and CEO of Coventor. "With Taiwan being a true market driver in semiconductor development, we're confident that our SEMulator3D virtual fabrication platform is changing the way advanced technologies are developed."

At the core of the SEMulator3D platform is a revolutionary physics-driven modeling paradigm for addressing physical process behavior that makes virtual fabrication more predictive and provides new opportunities for replacing actual silicon learning cycles with faster, less costly virtual cycles. In addition, virtual metrology innovations and the automation of virtual experiments enable process developers to perform virtual fabrication cycles in hours or days instead of the months required for actual in-fab experimental learning cycles.  "Combining process-predictive virtual fabrication, with virtual metrology and advanced 3D checking in a broad parallel modeling environment allows technology development teams to quickly assess the impacts of process variation, process changes and aspects of design-technology interaction," said Dr. David Fried, CTO-Semiconductor of Coventor. "These assessments and virtual experiments are the keys to accelerating the process development for these complex 3D technologies at the world's largest foundries."

About Coventor
Coventor, Inc. is the market leader in automated design solutions for developing semiconductor process technology, as well as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Coventor serves a worldwide customer base of integrated device manufacturers, memory suppliers, fabless design houses, independent foundries, and R&D organizations. Its SEMulator3D modeling and analysis platform is used for fast and accurate 'virtual fabrication' of advanced manufacturing processes, allowing engineers to understand manufacturing effects early in the development process and reduce time-consuming and costly silicon learning cycles. Its MEMS design solutions are used to develop MEMS-based products for automotive, aerospace, industrial, defense, and consumer electronics applications, including smart phones, tablets, and gaming systems. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has offices in California's Silicon Valley, Waltham, Massachusetts, and Paris, France. More information is available at http://www.coventor.com.

Coventor and SEMulator3D are registered trademarks of Coventor, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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