Electronics & Computers

Triune Systems and SFT to Collaborate

March 2, 2010

The green technology supplier will use SFT’s 3D extraction software to optimize its devices’ design, power consumption, and reliability.

LOS GATOS, CA /Marketwire/ -- Silicon Frontline Technology Inc. (SFT), an electronic design automation (EDA) company in the post-layout verification market, announced that Triune Systems LLC, a company focused on green integrated solutions, selected Silicon Frontline's 3D extraction products, F3D (Fast 3D) for fast 3D extraction and R3D (Resistive 3D) for 3D extraction and analysis of its large resistive power device design to reduce their carbon footprint (or energy consumption).

"We focus on offering integrated circuits and design services that reduce the carbon footprint of end equipment products and designs," said Ross Teggatz, CEO at Triune Systems. "Silicon Frontline's products enable us to cost effectively provide the highest level of energy transfer from both traditional and alternative power sources. F3D and R3D provide a fast and accurate power back-annotation of any design, which eliminates reliability issues within the design, as well as minimizes losses due to parasitic effects. For example, metal slotting is becoming more intensive in the advanced technologies, and this creates more exposure to potential weak spots, but R3D allows the optimal location for slotting to be easily determined."

"To address our customers' post-layout verification needs, we focus on guaranteed accurate post-layout verification technology so that our customers can meet the specifications of their low-power designs," remarked Dermott Lynch, Vice President of Marketing at Silicon Frontline. "We are pleased to have our goal—reducing the carbon footprint of silicon designs—match with Triune's and have our products become instrumental in meeting their energy optimization goals."

F3D was chosen for providing nanometer and analog mixed-signal (A/MS) design accuracy, and R3D for its ability to improve the reliability and efficiency of semiconductor power devices.

The technology in Silicon Frontline's products combines a rigorous 3D extraction method with a highly efficient 3D geometric engine, yielding significant performance improvement and handling additional issues, such as thickness variation due to CMP and width variation due to optical and other manufacturing effects. The software generates a fully annotated SPICE netlist, with parasitics for use by downstream tools. It is used by CAD, TCAD, and post-layout verification engineers.

F3D is ideally suited for sensitive analog and A/MS circuits, where coupling is a challenge—ADCs, DACs, circuits with differential signals, MIM/MOMCaps, and 3D devices, image sensors, RF and high-speed designs, and for circuits manufactured at advanced technology nodes, such as 65, 40 and 32 nm. (Note: it has value in 90 nm to 350 nm nodes as well). R3D target applications include discrete or embedded power devices, where efficiency and reliability are important, as well as designs requiring analysis of large metal interconnects.

About Triune Systems
Triune Systems LLC, founded in 2006, is a privately held company that designs, tests, manufactures, and markets analog integrated circuits, specializing in mixed-signal power and signal conditioning and system-on-chip circuits. The company's highly seasoned and experienced IC development team leverages fabless production and strong supply chain partnerships to provide customers with differentiated products and the best performance, price, and value. Triune System's world-class team has over 200 years of semiconductor experience and over 70 patents in the areas of semiconductor devices, ESD, analog circuits, and high-voltage system architecture that have been used in the consumer, industrial, automotive, and medical market segments.

About Silicon Frontline
Silicon Frontline Technology Inc. provides post-layout verification software that is guaranteed accurate and works with existing design flows from major EDA vendors. Using new 3D technology, the company's software products improve silicon quality for standard and advanced nanometer processes. To date, Silicon Frontline customers are among the top 20 semiconductor companies, and the company's technology has been endorsed by a number of the leading foundries.

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