SAN FRANCISCO In an effort to cash in on what it describes as growing demand for its technology in the country, full-chip lithography simulation vendor Brion Technologies Inc. Thursday (Dec. 1) opened a wholly owned subsidiary in Japan.
The subsidiary, Brion Technologies KK, is headquartered in Tokyo and led by Chairman Tadahiro Takigawa, a well-known lithography technologist and 30-year-veteran of Toshiba.
According to Brion, the company's lithography simulation technologies are experiencing rapid market acceptance, particularly in Japan. Brion believes the subsidiary will enable the company to offer greater support to Japanese customers.
Brion, a privately held, 85-person company based in Santa Clara, Calif., has been getting attention because its full-chip, full-process-window lithography simulation technology promises to alleviate many of the design-for-manufacturing (DFM) challenges plaguing the industry. Brion's Focus Exposure Modeling (FEM) system, currently in beta testing, claims to catch problems with the layout of optical proximity correction (OPC) and other reticle enhancement techniques (RETs) after design tapeout, prior to the creation of photomasks.
Brion has been included in the last two renditions of EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list, which was updated last month.
"Japan remains a strategically important region for semiconductor technology development," said Eric Chen, Brion CEO, in a statement. "That's why we're moving quickly to ensure our customers have direct access to Brion's lithography-driven design and manufacturing technologies, which promise to help customers address the lithographic manufacturability challenges of RET/OPC designs."
Brion KK will focus initial operations on the rollout of products for Brion's Tachyon platform, a hybrid computational lithography system said to combine image-based lithography process simulation and polygon-based data manipulation to simulate and inspect 100 percent of the chip area.
To date, Brion has not publicly disclosed any Japanese customers.