|[December 09, 2013]
TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies' Model Extraction and Qualification Software Adopted by Microchip Technology for PDK Creation, Modification, Validation
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Agilent Technologies (News - Alert) Inc. (NYSE:�A) today announced that Microchip
Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal,
analog and Flash-IP solutions, has adopted Agilent EEsof EDA's Model
Builder Program and Model
Quality Assurance software. Microchip Technology (News - Alert) will use the
software to create internal fabrication device model libraries or
process design kits, modify external foundry libraries, and validate
supported devices from internal and external sources.
Microchip Technology's design environment requires validated device
models measures of "quality," such as mathematical robustness,
compatibility and accuracy. Such performance measurements must be
acquired across a diverse set of technologies, multiple foundries and
internal fabs, multiple process variations, and multiple simulators.
Agilent EEsof's MBP and MQA software addresses this challenge by
enabling Microchip Technology to quickly assess both internal
technologies and external foundry libraries for quality and analyze
performance in operational regions of interest. MBP is used for easy
modification of foundry device models, while MQA automatically validates
and documents the results. The software also enables rapid qualification
of second-source foundry libraries.
"Process design kits are critical to ensuring our designers get the most
out of or semiconductors," said Mac McKeen, technical fellow at
Microchip Technology. "With Agilent EEsof's MBP and MQA software, our
modeling and technology group is now able to increase the efficiency and
effectiveness with which it supports our broad range of semiconductor
design activities, and subsequently PDKs."
"We are proud that foundries and integrated device manufacturers
worldwide have adopted our device modeling products, which include
IC-CAP, WaferPro, MBP and MQA, as the leading solutions for device
modeling and measurement," said Brian Chen, device modeling product
manager at Agilent EEsof EDA. "We are particularly gratified to see that
a large and growing number of fab-lite and fabless design houses, as
well as IDMs like Microchip Technology, have chosen these products to
create differentiation, increase operation efficiency, reduce
time-to-market, and gain competitive advantage. With superior field
support and significant R&D investment, we are committed to making these
solutions the easy choice for device-modeling and foundry-interface
organizations in semiconductor companies."
Learn more about Agilent EEsof's MBP and MQA software at www.agilent.com/find/eesof-mbp
About Agilent EEsof EDA Software
Agilent EEsof EDA is the leading supplier of electronic design
automation software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed
digital, RF system, electronic system level, circuit, 3-D
electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. More
information is available at www.agilent.com/find/eesof.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement
company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences,
diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,600
employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had
revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is
available at www.agilent.com.
On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly
traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic
measurement company. The separation is expected to be completed in early
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