Celestry's Reliability Analysis Products For Maximizing High-Performance Designs Chosen By Texas Instruments

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 10, 2001--Celestry Design Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of Silicon Accurate Sign-off(TM) physical analysis software and services for the semiconductor and electronics industry, today announced that Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) plans to use Celestry's Hot-Carrier Injection (HCI) and Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) analysis products to help increase the performance of its high-end designs.

Celestry's reliability products -- RelPro(TM), a device-level reliability analyzer and model parameter extractor, and RelXpert(TM), a circuit-level reliability simulator -- were selected to address key issues of today's integrated circuit (IC) processes. To maximize performance without risking excessive wearout failure rates, a designer must analyze and address HCI and NBTI effects. Celestry's reliability simulation allows the designer to manage the tradeoffs between circuit performance and aging as a result of channel lengths and gate oxide thickness reductions found in IC processes of 0.18 micron and below.

"We selected Celestry because of their experience in reliability analysis and unique `hands-on' knowledge of deep submicron silicon issues. Celestry's products will aid TI in more aggressive design shrinks and in reducing wasted performance and silicon lost by overly pessimistic design guardbands," noted Tom Thorpe, Vice President, Logic Technology Development, Texas Instruments. Tim Rost, Manager, Component Reliability Group at TI, added, "HCI and NBTI continue to be important reliability issues that need to be properly addressed. The RelXpert tool makes it easy for designers to assess and prevent circuit level issues caused by these effects."

"We are pleased to have our reliability tools selected by TI, a leading developer of high-performance digital signal processing and analog products," said Dr. Zhihong Liu, President and CEO of Celestry. "Celestry has been deeply involved in reliability analysis and simulation R&D for many years. Now that the time has come that high performance designs need to quantitatively address the impacts of today's process issues, Celestry's solutions can quickly and accurately address these issues in both full-chip transistor level and gate level designs."

About Celestry

Celestry is the leading provider of physical design and analysis 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.

Notes to Editors

    HCI: Hot-Carrier Injection
    IC: Integrated Circuit
    NBTI: Negative Bias Temperature Instability

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

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