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4/9/2012 10:47 PM EDT
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re: EDA tools aims at 10-nanometer 3-D
R_Colin_Johnson   4/9/2012 11:08:14 PM
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The advanced semiconductor nodes are demanding that designers scrutinize the physical structures they propose before they actually fab them. Experienced designers depend on their personal knowledge bases, but as design rules shrink increasingly odd-ball discontinuities are popping up, especially at the boundaries of 3D structures like FinFETs. Tools exist for simulating detailed 3D structures, but usually only in very small areas, since they are incredibly computationally intensive. As a result, MEMS tools like this one which make estimations that the detailed tools won't allow are becoming more popular for "what if" scenarios that allow designers the luxury of making educated guesses, then confirming their suspicions before they even their EDA toolset.

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