SOURCE: Simucad Design Automation

May 22, 2006 08:00 ET

STARC Adopts Simucad PDK for Analog Design Flow

SANTA CLARA, CA and YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- The Semiconductor Technology Research Academic Center (STARC) and Simucad Design Automation Inc. (Simucad) today announced the availability of their jointly developed Process Design Kit (PDK) for analog design to the customers of STARC's 90nm LSI prototype manufacturing service named "Star Shuttle."

The Star Shuttle is the first 90nm standard process-based prototype manufacturing service in Japan and was established with financial support from five leading semiconductor companies (Fujitsu, Matsushita Electric Industrial, NEC Electronics, Renesas Technology, and Toshiba). These five companies started prototype manufacturing in October 2003, and in October 2005, STARC became the only contact point. Many universities and industrial customers use this service for the various purposes of research and development. By developing the PDK and introducing it into the Star Shuttle, STARC demonstrated that the users of the service are able to improve their analog/digital design efficiency dramatically by using PDK methodology as compared to any other legacy manual design approach.

"STARC selected the Simucad design flow for its accuracy and interoperability in the STARC Star Shuttle service," said Soichi Ito, the operating officer and general manager of Development Department-3 for STARC. "The 90nm Star Shuttle service has been adopted by more than 170 design projects so far, and the ratio of analog requirements is increasing gradually. The Simucad PDK enables the shuttle customers to speed up configuration of efficient analog design environments where they can easily design accurate and high quality analog IPs. By introducing the PDK into our Star Shuttle, we are able to deal proactively with customers' needs. The exclusive Japanese distributor of Simucad products, Silvaco Japan, makes great efforts to provide extensive support and expand Japanese environments for its products. That is one of the reasons why we chose Silvaco Japan."

"At 90 nanometer, all circuits are analog," said Dr. Ivan Pesic, CEO of Simucad. "The STARC 90nm PDK integrates schematic symbols, SPICE models and layout rules with parameterized cells (Pcells) into Simucad's single-vendor circuit simulation and full-custom IC layout and verification environment."

The Simucad PDK for the STARC 90nm process is available from STARC at no cost to STARC members and Shuttle customers. Sales and support for Simucad analog, mixed-signal, and RF design tools and PDK support is available from Silvaco Japan. For more information visit

About The Semiconductor Technology Research Academic Center

The Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC) was established in December 1995. Its original goal was to seek out new and effective technologies through joint research between universities and the industry, in order to achieve breakthroughs in semiconductor technologies. STARC is currently involved in joint research with universities covering more than 40 themes, and some of the technologies based on completed themes have already been selected for transfer to companies. The Advanced SoC Platform Corporation (ASPLA) was established in 2002, and STARC was placed in charge of design infrastructures, promoting the standardization of the 90nm technology and the development of SoC platforms. In relation to these activities, we have begun a new project from 2003 with the support of the Japanese government, aimed at dramatically increasing design efficiency as part of an effort to develop a reference design flow for the next generation process technology. ASPLA's application of results achieved by STARC through the Asuka Project and the promotion of collaboration with the business community will no doubt contribute significantly to the recovery of Japan's superiority in the field of semiconductors.

About Simucad Design Automation

Simucad Design Automation is a leading provider of simulation and CAD software tools used for developing analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits. Founded in 2004 with assets from Simucad Inc. and Silvaco International, the company delivers proven products for circuit simulation, custom IC layout/verification, interconnect modeling, digital simulation, and IP characterization. The company integrates these best-in-class products with experienced support and engineering services to provide a complete PDK-based design flow with interfaces to leading third-party design platforms. Worldwide customers include leading fabless semiconductor companies, integrated device manufacturers, foundries, universities and designers of integrated circuits who require the utmost in accuracy, performance and value. For more information, call (408) 567-1000 or visit Simucad online at

About Silvaco Japan

Silvaco Japan is a leading vendor of electronic design automation software (EDA) for the development of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. Founded in 1988, the company delivers technology computer aided design (TCAD) simulation software, SPICE parameter extraction, circuit simulation, and physical IC design/verification software products. The company integrates these proven products with experienced support and engineering services to provide complete semiconductor process, device and design automation solutions in CMOS, bipolar, SiGe, and compound technologies. Worldwide customers include leading foundries, fabless semiconductor companies, integrated semiconductor manufacturers, universities, and designers of integrated circuits who require the utmost accuracy in their analog designs. For more information, call 045-820-3000 or visit Silvaco online at

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