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Synopsys to include MST in TCAD tools

Synopsys is to model Mears Silicon Technology (MST) in its Sentaurus TCAD manufacturing simulation tools. MST, being developed by Atomera, offers semiconductor manufacturers the ability to improve device performance and power efficiency.

The collaboration will see the development of Sentaurus Process and Sentaurus Device in a move to demonstrate the advantages which MST could provide. These TCAD models are said by Synopsys to help in reducing process integration cycle time and wafer runs, while enabling parametric device data to be extracted to help with evaluation.

“Synopsys’ collaboration with Atomera represents how we work with cutting edge technology providers to assist our customers in understanding, adopting and integrating the latest advancements in the semiconductor market,” said Terry Ma, Vice President of Engineering for TCAD.

According to Atomera, MST allows manufacturers to address yield, power and performance challenges at a fraction of the cost of alternative approaches, whilst extending the life of legacy semiconductor fabs by providing up to a full node of performance benefits. MST is also said to improve device performance parameters such as mobility, gate leakage, variability, matching and reliability.

“Synopsys is the recognised leader in TCAD simulation software for semiconductor process research and development”, said Scott Bibaud, pictured, Atomera’s president and CEO. “The ability to demonstrate the improvements enabled by Atomera’s MST, combined with the ability to shorten time to production, is critical for accelerating the adoption of our technology.”

For more on Atomera's MST technology, click here.

Graham Pitcher

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