Venice, Florida — Beginning at the 65 nm process node, design engineers are faced with the effects of design-based yield limiters. Design-based yield limiters result in lower chip performance, higher manufacturing costs, and lower overall chip yield. Because these limiters are chip layout-specific, they cannot simply be removed by product engineers working in a fab, but must be "designed out" from the very beginning of the design process.
Pyxis Technology has announced NexusRoute, a DFM-aware, yield-driven auto router that comprehends and optimizes manufacturability and yield concurrently with the actual routing and timing closure process. The key to the success is the concurrency built in the tool so that design rules, timing requirements, and yield issues.
NexusRoute is shipping and pricing starts at $400,000 for a one year time-based license.