SAN FRANCISCO—EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. said Tuesday (May 29) that Globalfoundries Inc. would use the SmartFill facilities of its Calibre YieldEnhancer product to enable advanced fill techniques for 20-nm manufacturing processes.
Mentor (Wilsonville, Ore.) said multi-layer fill analysis and cell-based fill generation capabilities of the SmartFill system help designers deal with complex fill interactions at advanced nodes with minimal impact on circuit performance. Calibre SmartFill also delivers reduced post-fill GDS database size and faster runtimes compared to traditional dummy fill, according to the firm.
"At 20nm the fill strategy becomes much more sophisticated because it’s no longer just about planarity," said Maq Mannan, director of process design kit development at Globalfoundries, in a statement issued by Mentor. "Besides CMP-ECD issues, you have to consider a whole range of interrelated effects, such as etch, lithography, stress, rapid thermal annealing and other issues essential to successful manufacturing. Calibre’s integrated fill analysis and cell-based approach makes fill more precise, while achieving target runtime and output file size."
Globalfoundries (Sunnyvale, Calif.) claims its 20-nm low-power manufacturing technology delivers up to 40 percent performance improvement and twice the gate density of 28-nm. The company’s Fab 8 in New York began running full-loop 20-nm silicon in January, and silicon delivery is expected in the second half of this year, the company said.
Mentor last week reported sales of $247.9 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2013, down 23 percent from the previous quarter and up 8 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. The company reported a net income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of $28.2 million, down 51 percent from the previous quarter. In the year-ago quarter, Mentor reported a GAAP net loss of $2.4 million.
Following the quarterly report, Mentor raised its GAAP net income target to $1.20 per share from $1.13 per share.
For the fiscal second quarter, which closes in July, Mentor siad it expects sales of about $240 million, with GAAP earnings of about 10 cents per share.
"Strength in our business continued in the first quarter, with record first quarter revenue and earnings,” said Walden Rhines, Mentor chairman and, in a statement.
Mentor expects sales for the fiscal year to be about $1.1 billion, up from just over $1 billion in fiscal 2012.