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LFoundry Introduces Industry-Leading Process Design Kit for Cadence Virtuoso IC 6.1 Custom Design Platform

Leading analog and mixed-signal foundry offers high productivity Process Design Kit to support a broad portfolio of customers seeking high flexibility and technology customization

(PresseBox) (Landshut, ) LFoundry, a leading analog and mixed-signal foundry, announced today the availability of LFoundry’s 0.15-micron high-performance, analog, mixed-signal and radio-frequency (RF) Process Design Kit (PDK), supporting the complete suite of design advancements available in the Cadence® Virtuoso® IC 6.1 custom design platform. The PDK not only provides customers access to a unique, modular, analog and mixed-signal design and manufacturing environment, but with its superior RF characteristic it also enables customers to design differentiated, high frequency products operating up to 15 GHz.

To accelerate time to market and improve their customers’ productivity, LFoundry developed its PDK for the latest releases of the Cadence Virtuoso platform, IC 6.1.3, and Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation, MMSIM 7.1. The PDK contains a rich set of SKILL parameterized cell generators and supports advanced interactive and automation technologies such as design-rule-driven editing and the Virtuoso Space-based Router for custom chip, block and device-level routing. To ensure silicon-accurate analog designs and to maximize verification throughput, LFoundry supports the Virtuoso Accelerated Parallel Simulator for accurate analog block verification with multi-core technology, the Virtuoso UltraSim Simulator for FastSpice full-chip verification, and Virtuoso Spectre RF for fast and accurate RF analysis. To enable its customers achieve first-time silicon success, LFoundry deploys Cadence QRC for parasitic extraction and Cadence Assura® for physical verification and manufacturing sign-off.

“For the development of this state-of-art PDK, it was extremely important for us to support the most advanced technologies available on the market in order to help improve our customers’ productivity,” said Michael Lehnert, CEO of LFoundry. “We will continue to support Cadence’s tools for further enhancements of this PDK including RF and high voltage features to be released in the coming months.”

LFoundry announced last February, a monthly Multi Project Wafer (MPW) service to provide their customers low cost access to the market with special incentives to selected customers requesting participation on the MPW services through July 2009.

Cluster Mikrosystemtechnik

LFoundry is an advanced analog mixed signal 200 mm pure-play foundry with core technologies down to 0.15 µm, providing services in the following areas

2nd Source Manufacturing
With a strong emphasis on flexibility, support and services, LFoundry's offering is likely to be most attractive to customers requiring to duplicate more specialised technologies.

Offering state of the art design environments, combined with the most advanced analog foundry service in Europe, leading edge analog design companies can gain significant benefits from this local service.

Joint Technology
As customer requirements develop over time, so will LFoundry's capabilities, working together to exceed customers' expectation, creating technology development and production partnerships at the 0.13 µm technology node and beyond.

Based in Europe, LFoundry is in a good position to support a broad portfolio of customers, including those seeking high flexibility and technology customization. With a long history of SmartCard manufacturing, securely managing customer I.P. is not an issue, creating a high-confidence customer partnership.

LFoundry is Member of the Micro Systems Technology Cluster, Landshut.

Linking enterprises with the reserach centres of the Universities of Applied Sciences is the core task of the Micro Systems Technology Cluster. We are a competent, neutral and independent coordinator specialising in the support of SMEs in order to sustainably strengthen their competitiveness and innovative power by cross-diciplinal cooperation.