SOURCE: ProPlus Design Solutions

September 15, 2015 11:00 ET

ProPlus Design Solutions Unveils Innovative Design Environment to Bridge Circuit Design, CAD and Process Development

Offers Unique Capabilities for SPICE Model Exploration, Validation and Process Platform Benchmarking

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2015) - ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc. today unveiled MEPro™, within its own Nano Design Environment™ (NDE), that bridges circuit design, CAD and process development, and lets designers quickly adopt and make full use of a process platform.

For the first time, MEPro offers a common platform for circuit design, CAD and process development teams, presented in ways each of them are familiar with. They now are able to systematically evaluate any device or circuit target of one or multiple process platforms with SPICE model libraries, avoiding model misuse while leaving increased area for design margins.

The product, designed for greater efficiency of flow setup and job execution, improves a designer's understanding of devices and processes, through systematic evaluation and benchmarking of process platforms at the device or circuit level. More important, MEPro will show the impact of these evaluation and benchmarking results on circuit designs, providing further guidance or assistance to improve them.

Improved design competitiveness and shortened time to market deliver economic factors to design teams. Additionally, design teams installing MEPro will be able to fully leverage the built-in full parallel computing power of MEPro without the need for a SPICE simulator license, and run more complete evaluation and benchmarking jobs faster.

"Nano Design Environment is the missing piece to merge circuit design and process development," says Dr. Zhihong Liu, chairman and chief executive officer of ProPlus Design Solutions. "We applied our vast knowledge and expertise on SPICE modeling and circuit simulations, and a heavy investment to create the first tool of its kind in the industry. Our goal is to help designers understand and correlate design, device and process, and quickly adopt and capably use a process platform for their designs. It will also help companies assess how a new process, such as FinFET or FDSOI, will benefit them."

Introducing Nano Design Environment's MEPro
The ProPlus MEPro has a comprehensive set of device library exploration, model validation, device and process evaluation and benchmarking features. It can be used to explore SPICE model libraries for full device characteristics, evaluate any device or circuit targets at any and/or all operation conditions to assist designs, and verify device behavior, model accuracy and quality. It also can be used to compare and benchmark process platforms from different foundries, process nodes, or process revisions, or assist designers select the most optimum devices based on their design criteria.

Additionally, the evaluation results such as new target specifications can be feedback to the process development team for process retargeting also done within MEPro. In the past, CAD, design and process teams worked separately using different languages or disciplines. Designers had to wait for updated tables, specifications and models before re-design with each revision of the process.

With MEPro, designers or CAD supporting teams do not need to spend days or weeks creating templates and generating books of tables for evaluation and benchmarking jobs. MEPro offers pre-configured projects with hundreds of check items and efficiency improvements through a built-in parallel SPICE simulation engine and parallelization technologies. Users do not need to be model or device experts and easily can adopt the tool to evaluate a process platform and device performance with an intuitive graphic user interface. The configuration and execution of an evaluation or benchmarking project can be done in a fraction of the time that one would need without MEPro, with more complete coverage than most current practices. Results can be shared and browsed or re-organized interactively by all co-workers.

MEPro works on 32- and 64-bit Unix, Linux and Windows operating systems, and runs on multi-core computer servers or distributed computing farms.

MEPro is shipping now. Pricing is available upon request.

ProPlus will demonstrate MEPro at the TSMC 2015 Open Innovation Platform® (OIP) Ecosystem Forum Thursday, September 17, from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif.

About ProPlus Design Solutions
ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc., delivers Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions with the mission to enhance the link between design and manufacturing. As the leading provider of nano-scale SPICE modeling, the innovative giga-scale SPICE simulation and design for yield (DFY) applications, it provides the industry's golden SPICE modeling platform, the first and only GigaSpice simulator, and the only integrated DFY design platform. Founded in 2006, ProPlus Design Solutions has R&D centers in San Jose, Calif., Beijing and Jinan, China, and offices in Tokyo, Japan, Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Shanghai, China. More information about ProPlus Design Solutions can be found at

NanoSpice, NanoSpice Giga, NanoYield, BSIMProPlus, NoiseProPlus, MEPro and Nano Design Environment are registered trademarks of ProPlus Design Solutions. ProPlus Design Solutions acknowledges trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Nanette Collins
    Public Relations for ProPlus Design Solutions
    (617) 437-1822
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