Celestry Improves Silicon Accuracy With Modeling Solutions for Nanometer Processes

BSIMPro+ provides model parameter extraction for 0.13 micron processes, supports BSIM4 and BSIM SOI models

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2001-- RFPro improves DC to RF modeling and silicon calibration

Celestry Design Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of Silicon Accurate Sign-off(TM) technology for the semiconductor and electronics industry, announced today that it is shipping a new device modeling product, BSIMPro+(TM), and an new version of RFPro(TM) for RF device modeling.

These software products improve the accuracy of device models for high-performance, very deep submicron (0.13 micron and below) silicon processes, especially for wireless and networking applications. They are currently in use at several customer sites, including Cypress Semiconductor, Inc (NYSE: CY - news) in San Jose, California. (See related press release today).

BSIMPro+ extracts accurate circuit simulation models and calibrates models to silicon measurements. It offers the first commercially available model extraction for complete BSIM4 and BSIM SOI models, which are critical for very deep submicron, RF applications, and other new silicon processes. The unique features of BSIMPro+ allow designers to get the most accurate design information for all terminal currents of a MOSFET, including the increasingly important gate leakage current. BSIMPro+ comes with the measurement capabilities for leaky MOS capacitance and self-heating characterization -- both are crucial for accurate nanometer device modeling.

RFPro improves its RF modeling and silicon measurement capabilities for all active and passive devices. It integrates the DC to RF characterization and modeling of a RF-ready compact model, such as BSIM4, into one package. With its enhanced model extraction efficiency, RF modeling work is significantly simplified.

Dale A. Pollek, vice president of marketing at Celestry, noted, "Designers need advanced models and tools that address all applications from the DC to the RF realm and allow them to push their designs to new levels of performance. We continue to innovate silicon accuracy with both new and enhanced software and model support to keep up with the continuous improvements that result from IC fabrication developments."

More About BSIMPro+

The new modeling and extraction capability of BSIMPro+ improves design closure with better models and better-characterized data for 0.13 micron and below processes. BSIMPro+ supports standard device types including MOS, BJT, diode, resistor and capacitor. Its models are used with silicon measurement equipment, such as IV meters, CV meters, switch matrices and semi/fully automatic probers. Once the data is measured, BSIMPro+ extracts SPICE models using Celestry's proprietary or user-defined extraction and optimization algorithms. The resulting models are compatible with all SPICE circuit simulators. BSIMPro+ includes the latest innovations from Celestry that allows a complete model generation, including all termination currents and voltages, most notably the gate leakage current. This can be achieved through the use a compact model such as BSIM4, or a macro model.

What's New-RFPro

Like previous versions, RFPro generates and verifies precision RF models and produces accurately measured data. A new macromodeling capability allows designers to use one model that is accurate and consistent in the full spectrum from DC to RF design. Additionally, support for multi-finger devices simplifies the design flow, since it eliminates the need for multiple models. These models can be used with BSIMPro+ to further improve silicon accuracy. RFPro now supports the first compact RF-ready model, BSIM4, taking full advantage of its noise, gate and substrate parasitic model physics.

Price and Availability

BSIMPro+ and RFPro are shipping now. Both run on Windows NT and 2000. BSIMPro+ starts at $43,800 (USD) and RFPro starts at $60,000 (USD) for a one-year time based license.

About Celestry's Pro Family

Celestry's Pro family of modeling solutions provides silicon model development, parameter extraction, characterization and calibration. The products include BsimPro+, RFPro, NoisePro(TM) for noise characterization, SIGMAPro(TM) for statistical modeling and RelPro+(TM) for hot carrier and lifetime extraction.

About Celestry

Celestry is the leading provider of physical design products that enable integrated circuit designers to achieve optimal performance from semiconductor process technologies. The Company offers software and services to electronic and semiconductor companies involved with the design of chips that are used in networking, communication, multimedia and computing products. For more information visit www.celestry.com or email Email Contact.

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Acronyms and definitions

BSIM:    popular device model
CV:      Capacitance vs. Voltage
DC:      Direct Current (usually refers to low frequency)
IC:      Integrated Circuit
IV:      Current vs. Voltage
MOS:     Metal-Oxide Semiconductor
RF:      Radio Frequency (very high frequency usage)
SOI:     Silicon on Insulator (MOS style IC devices)
SPICE:   popular circuit simulator

Celestry, the Celestry logo BSIMPro+, RFPro, NoisePro, SIGMAPro, RelPro+ and Silicon-Accurate Sign-off are trademarks of Celestry Design Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks and tradenames are the property of their respective owners.

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