SAN FRANCISCO Design-for-manufacturing (DFM) provider Aprio Technologies announced Wednesday (Sept. 14) the addition of two members, including former KLA-Tencor Corp. executive Chris Mack, to its advisory board.
Mack, former KLA-Tencor vice president of lithography technology, is a globally recognized lithography expert and recipient of the 2003 SEMI Award for North America. He was also the founder and former president and chief technology officer of Finle Technologies, a developer of lithography simulation software, prior to that company's acquisition by KLA-Tencor. Mack is a frequent conference chair and keynote speaker who also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas.
Aprio already has an established connection with Mack's former employer, whose prominence in semiconductor equipment fits nicely with Aprio's strategy for attacking DFM from both the design and manufacturing sides. In July, the two companies announced that they would collaborate on an integrated mask design inspection and repair tool. This announcement came less than two weeks after KT Venture Group, KLA-Tencor's investment arm, invested an undisclosed sum in Aprio.
Mack and Michael Orshansky join existing technical advisory board members William Ho and Kees Vissers. Aprio's technical advisory board is built to address the requirements of integrating semiconductor design and manufacturing.
Orshansky, the recipient of the 2004 National Science Foundation Career award, currently leads a University of Texas at Austin research group in the department of electrical and computer engineering that is focused on research in IC design and technology areas closely related to Aprio's core business, including statistical analysis and optimization for DFM and yield improvement.
"By bringing together experts in both integrated circuit design and manufacturing, the intention guiding the assembly of Aprio's TAB mirrors that of our bilateral approach to DFM," said Clive Wu, founder and chief technology officer of Aprio (Santa Clara, Calif.), in a statement. "We're thankful for Dr. Mack and Dr. Orshansky's feedback on our approach to linking manufacturing with design, and welcome their indispensable input as Aprio productizes additional tools."