DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. will use technology computer-aided design (TCAD) software from Switzerland's Integrated Systems Engineering AG to simulate, optimize, and accelerate development of next-generation process technologies, according to ISE of Zurich.
TCAD software is fast becoming a crucial tool in development of advanced IC processes and chip designs as minor changes in technologies and fabrication begin to play a bigger factor in fab yields. TCAD tools, promoted by a number of design automation suppliers, enable developers to more accurately predict the impact of process steps on IC performance.
TI selected ISE's device simulation software (called DESSIS) to help its process engineers maintain leading-edge development in logic products through "predictive simulation," said Dennis Buss, vice president of TI's Silicon Technology Development operation in Dallas. He said evaluations of software showed the tools "to converge readily and consistently in all device operating regions."