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Synopsys, Ovonyx work on TCAD models for PCM

Posted: 15 Sep 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:phase change memory  collaboration  TCAD models  PCM device simulation 

EDA company Synopsys Inc. and Ovonyx Inc., developer of phase change semiconductor memory technology, will work together on device simulation models for phase change memory (PCM).

Numonyx BV formed from the memory operations of Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics BV is carrying forward R&D work and commercial product plans from its two parents. With this collaboration, Ovonyx has agreed to provide Synopsys with material and device characterisation data for Synopsys to develop and calibrate TCAD models for PCM device simulation. "This collaboration can increase the effectiveness of Synopsys' Sentaurus TCAD tools for modelling emerging technologies such as PCM, so that chipmakers can have a cost-effective alternative for continued scaling of semiconductor devices," said Howard Ko, senior vice president and general manager of the Silicon Engineering Group at Synopsys, in a statement.

"We believe this collaboration with Synopsys to develop and enhance simulation capabilities for PCM will assist the commercialisation efforts of PCM products by worldwide chipmakers," said Tyler Lowrey, president and chief executive officer of Ovonyx, in the same statement.

Ovonyx and its largest shareholder, Energy Conversion Devices, invented the development of PCM technology, claims Ovonyx. The company's PCM technology uses a reversible phase-change process that will be used as flash and DRAM device replacements, as well as in embedded applications such as microcontrollers and reconfigurable MOS logic. Technology CAD (TCAD) refers to the use of computer simulation to model semiconductor processing and device operation. TCAD provides insight into the fundamental physical phenomena that ultimately impact performance and yield.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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