Extraction tool for interconnects designs features per-hour licensing News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Silvaco is offering an extraction and characterization tool for on-chip interconnects that is one of the first IC physical design tools available exclusively on a pay-per-use basis. Silvaco will not sell licensed copies of the Quest tool but instead will offer it only online at $15 per use.
Avanti mulls how to relieve TCAD bottleneck for modeling IC processes News & Analysis 12/19/2000 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- The explosive physical, chemical and geometrical complexity of electronic devices is burdening technology CAD to the extent that TCAD simulation -- which seeks to model electronic devices and the semiconductor processes that make them -- could become an industry bottleneck. The problems are surfacing before the industry even begins to take into account the quantum effects that will be at the heart of such devices as single-electron transistors.
Synopsys in library deal with Artisan News & Analysis 12/11/2000 Post a comment Synopsys has sold its physical libraries business to Artisan Components in a deal that will see the two companies work together on a new type of standard cell library designed to support Synopsys' approach to physical synthesis. The company has also produced a new version of its Physical Compiler tool.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.