PARIS Image sensor provider Aptina announced it has licensed the Fast 3D software for post-layout verification and fast 3D extraction from startup Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. to improve its image sensor design accuracy and manufacturing quality.
Silicon Frontline claimed its F3D post-layout verification software ensures accuracy and high performance by using rigorous 3D technology to extract parasitics. Users can specify the level of accuracy desired, net by net, at the block level or with regular expressions.
With Silicon Frontline's F3D tool, Aptina said its designers can resolve issues such as floating diffusion (sense node) capacitance, inter-pixel coupling, color-filter effects, impact of metal fill and signal channel mismatch without having to build costly prototypes.
Aptina specified that, with F3D, its designs are released up to 4 months earlier.
The company unveiled its Fast 3D (F3D) for fast 3D extraction and R3D (Resistive 3D) for 3D extraction and analysis of large resistive structure in May. Two months later, UMC and TSMC foundries validated the F3D product for nanometer design technologies.