Synopsys and Varian Collaborate on Process Models for Advanced Logic and Memory Technologies
New TCAD Sentaurus Models Address Cryogenic Ion Implantation for Leakage Reduction of Leading-edge Logic and Memory Devices
Ion implantation forms transistor structures in semiconductor silicon through energetic ion beams. These ions disrupt the crystal structure of the silicon, creating end-of-range damage that impacts device performance as devices shrink. To neutralize the damage, Varian's latest generation of high current implanters enables the ion implantation process to occur at reduced wafer temperature (cryogenic implant), resulting in significant reduction of end-of-range damage, minimizing device leakage and widening process margins.
"Today semiconductor manufacturers face tremendous challenges in improving device performance, achieving high product yield, reducing process R&D costs and meeting time-to-market targets. Therefore, it is increasingly critical for simulation to support novel process techniques to reduce technology development time and cost," said Dr Yuri Erokhin, senior director for strategic technologies at Varian. "Cryogenic ion implant has been proven to significantly improve transistor performance and is a key enabler in the manufacture of advanced devices. This collaboration with Synopsys will enable our mutual customers to explore and optimize the cryogenic implant process with simulation, reducing time-to-market."
Through this collaboration, Synopsys will use experimental data from Varian's cryogenic implant process to develop and calibrate models for its TCAD Sentaurus tools, which are widely used by semiconductor companies in the development and optimization of new manufacturing technologies.
"To reduce development time and cost, our customers need TCAD models that are calibrated to the actual equipment used to fabricate the silicon," said Howard Ko, senior vice president and general manager of the Silicon Engineering Group at Synopsys. "Our joint work with Varian to develop TCAD models for this new cryogenic implant process is an example of our commitment to keep our TCAD Sentaurus tools at the forefront of semiconductor process development."
About Varian Semiconductor
Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates is the leading supplier of ion implant equipment to semiconductor manufacturers, enabling them to pack more, higher performing transistors into computer chips that are revolutionizing the electronics industry. Varian Semiconductor's products are used by chip manufacturers worldwide to produce high-performance semiconductor devices. Customers have made Varian Semiconductor the market leader in ion implant because of its architecturally superior products that lower their costs and improve their productivity. Varian Semiconductor operates globally and is headquartered in Gloucester, Massachusetts. More information can be found on Varian Semiconductor's web site at www.vsea.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements regarding the expected benefits and results of the collaboration to develop Technology CAD (TCAD) models for cryogenic ion implantation, between Synopsys and Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates. These statements are based on Synopsys' current expectations and beliefs. Actual results could differ materially from these statements as a result of unforeseen difficulties in completing the collaboration and the other factors contained inthe section of Synopsys' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2010 entitled "Risk Factors."
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