Si2 Announces Donation of DRC+ from GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Pattern-Matching Technology to be Incorporated into OpenDFM used by TI and others at 28nm and beyond

AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 20, 2011 — Today at the 16th Si2 Conference in Santa Clara, CA, the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced the donation of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ DRC+ technology to Si2’s Design For Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC). The technology will be incorporated into Si2’s OpenDFM standard, which describes a high level, EDA tool independent meta-language to check for a variety of Design for Manufacturability (DFM) problems.

An industry first, DRC+ is GLOBALFOUNDRIES' silicon-validated solution to help customers accelerate time-to-volume for complex SoC designs at 28nm and beyond. The technique goes beyond standard Design Rule Checking (DRC) and uses two-dimensional shape-based pattern-matching to enable a thousand fold speed improvement in identifying complex manufacturing issues without sacrificing accuracy. Instead of restricting the flexibility of designers, DRC+ augments standard DRC rules by applying rapid two-dimensional shape-based pattern matching to identify problematic configurations that could be difficult to manufacture. EDA tools then return specific feedback to designers on how to resolve these issues.

"GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a strong supporter of Si2’s DFMC program, as well as the OpenDFM technology. The addition of DRC+ capabilities into OpenDFM will result in a very robust standard to help customers accelerate time-to-volume for complex designs at 28nm and beyond," said Luigi Capodieci, R&D fellow and DFM director at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "DRC+ is currently supported by all leading EDA vendors and it has received numerous innovation awards for extending the capabilities of DFM verification."

“We are excited to see the increasing momentum of the DFMC,” says Mark Mason, director for Design Data Integration at Texas Instruments. “TI has already taped out several circuits using OpenDFM rules and we are seeing return on our investment in the OpenDFM standard in the form of interoperability and reuse.” TI reports that they are planning to use OpenDFM’s DRC standard as the baseline for several of their production flows. “We are currently moving our entire 28 nm Wireless platform DRC infrastructure to the OpenDFM standard, and plan to use it at 20 nm as well,” Mason said. “OpenDFM is already paying off for TI and the addition of DRC+ capabilities is very exciting.”

“Physical verification complexity becomes multifaceted with the move to advanced process nodes. Both the EDA industry and its customers must understand and respond to these challenges,” says Pankaj Mayor, Chief of Staff to CEO and acting Head of Marketing, at Cadence Design Systems. “Cadence implemented OpenDFM rules on its Physical Verification System, a key Silicon Realization technology and is a co-inventor of DRC+. We believe the addition of the silicon-proven and well-accepted DRC+ technology will make OpenDFM even stronger.”

The OpenDFM 1.1 standard, which is available to the public at no charge, can be obtained at this link: Members of the DFMC also have access to substantial adoption collateral, such as the OpenDFM parser source code, contributed test cases, tutorials, demonstration code, and more. To access this adoption collateral and to participate in the next phase of OpenDFM enhancements, please join the DFMC members; see this link for more information:

About the Design For Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC)

DFMC’s charter is to specify open standards for software interfaces between EDA software tools and manufacturing software. The specification includes standard terminology definitions, semantics and exchange formats for relevant manufacturing information. It also includes standard software application program interfaces (API) for models describing different manufacturing processes, yield mechanisms and circuit behaviors. Member companies include: Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS), GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), LSI (NYSE: LSI), Magma Design Automation (NASDAQ: LAVA) , Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT), Polyteda, Samsung Electronics (KSE:005930), STMicroelectronics (NSYE: STM), Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS), Tela Innovations, Inc., and Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN).

About Si2

Si2 is the largest organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on the development and adoption of standards to improve the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured, in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Now in its 24th year, Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable timely collaboration through dedicated staff and a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 represents nearly 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world. See

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