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ams releases interoperable PDK for its 0.35µm analog specialty processes

2016/03/22

iPDK enables foundry customers to design complex ICs with multiple EDA vendor tools

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Premstaetten, Austria (March 22, 2016), ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, today announces the availability of its first interoperable process design kit (iPDK) for its 0.35µm analog specialty processes. iPDKs are based on the OpenAccess database and use standard languages as well a unified architecture to enable interoperability among multiple EDA vendor tools.

The new iPDK v4.10 significantly improves the time-to-market for highly competitive products in the analog intensive mixed signal arena. This comprehensive design environment with its highly accurate simulation models and parametrized device layouts (PyCells) based on the programming language Python provides a proven route to silicon.

ams’s new iPDK v4.10 supports the high performance 0.35µm process technologies C35 (CMOS), S35 (SiGe-BiCMOS), and H35 (High-Voltage CMOS). The ams iPDK comes complete with silicon-qualified digital, analog and RF library elements, complete sets of low voltage devices (3.3V and 5.0V) and high-voltage devices (10V, 20V, 50V and 120V devices) with various gate oxide thicknesses. Area-optimized high-density digital libraries, both for 3.3V and 5V as well as a wide selection of digital & analog IO libraries are available for the entire 0.35µm process family. Fully characterized simulation models for a large set of simulators, extraction and verification run sets for both, Calibre and Assura and automatic layout device generators (PyCells) are included. Hence product developers are enabled with a plug-and-play tool set which facilitates "first time right" designs with EDA vendor tools of their choice.

“Foundry customers developing complex analog, mixed-signal products benefit in two aspects: First of all the new iPDK is based on the industry benchmark ams hitkit and provides a complete design environment and proven design flow. Second, the iPDK enables interoperability among multiple EDA vendor tools.” said Markus Wuchse, general manager of ams’ Full Service Foundry division. “Expanding our foundry service and technology portfolio by offering much more flexibility in selecting their EDA tools enables our customers to immediately start design activities and to focus on their core competence – chip design.”

The new iPDK is based on ams’ industry-leading and benchmark design environment (hitkit) and is available for its specialty processes C35, H35 and S35. The iPDK has been tested & qualified with Keysight EEsof EDA Advanced Design System (ADS) 2016.01 and Synopsys Galaxy Custom Designer 2014.12. Read more details about the new iPDK on our Foundry Support Server at http://asic.ams.com/iPDK410

About the Full Service Foundry division of ams

The Full Service Foundry division of ams has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixed-signal foundry market. Its process technology portfolio includes 0.18µm and 0.35µm specialty technologies based on ams’ analog, mixed-signal, High-Voltage and RF processes. With its ‘More than Silicon’ initiative, ams offers a comprehensive service and technology package that goes beyond industry-standard foundry ser-vices. It includes leading-edge technology extensions such as 3D integration using Through Silicon Vias, optical filters, back end process customization, 3D-WLCSP and many more. Superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, silicon-proven high-performance analog IP blocks, assembly and test services for turnkey solutions complete the Full Service Foundry package.

About ams

ams is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced sensor solutions and analog ICs. Our mission is to shape the world with sensor solutions by providing a seamless interface between humans and technology. ams’ high-performance analog products drive applications requiring extreme precision, dynamic range, sensitivity, and ultra-low power consumption. Products include sensors, sensor interfaces, power management and wireless ICs for consumer, communications, industrial, medical, and automotive markets.

With headquarters in Austria, ams employs over 2,100 people globally and serves more than 8,000 customers worldwide. ams is listed on the SIX Swiss stock exchange (ticker symbol: AMS).  

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