SAN JOSE -- Numerical Technologies Inc. today said it is now offering two new software products that will help ease the task of moving embedded design cores to advanced chip-processing technologies. The company's abraMAP maps existing design cells to new wafer-processing technologies, while the abraKAZAM combines migration and cell-development capabilities.
The new software packages are aimed at overcoming the growing problem of putting new ICs into production. Leading-edge technologies often employ "subwavelength" photomasks--such as phase shifting reticles--which are needed to push feature sizes far below the wavelength of exposure light. The use of subwavelength photolithography in fabs has contributed to the growing gap between chip design and the ability to fabricate more transistors on ICs.
"IC manufacturers can only realize their return on investment in new process technology once it is accessible to design teams," noted Atul Sharan, senior vice president of marketing and business development for San Jose-based Numerical Technologies. "With the increasing complexity and 'subwavelength' effects of0.13-micron processes, creating the required libraries from scratch may be a time consuming process."
Numerical Technologies said this problem is addressed with the newest additions its Cadabra automated library development series of software. The abraMAP software allows designers to reuse existing standard cell layouts by retargeting the cells form one manufacturing process to another. The result is a "layout-vs.-schematic" (LVS) and "design-rule-check" (DRC) correct cell layout, said the company.
The abraKAZAM software combines advanced migration and creation engines from abraCAD and abraMAP in a single tool, according to Numerical Technologies. The company said the combination gives users the flexibility to easily migrate existing libraries to new process technology, while supporting intellectual proprietary for application or process-specific cell development.
Both new software packages are available. Time-based licensing for abraMAP begins at $60,000, while abraKAZAM begins at $140,000 per year.