Silvaco and Purdue Partner to Develop Design Tool Linking Nanoscale Simulation with Virtual Wafer Fab

Silvaco Inc. based in Santa Clara, California along with Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation, have agreed to partner to develop the technology for modeling and simulating transistors and new memory technologies that approach the atomistic scale. Under the terms of the agreement, Silvaco will license Purdue University intellectual property from the Purdue Research Foundation, a private and nonprofit foundation created to advance the university’s mission of sponsoring research and open an office in the Purdue Technology Center.

Silvaco has more than two decades of experience in the technology computer-aided design (TCAD) market for semiconductor device and process simulation. The agreement involves the commercialization of the company’s NEMO tool suite, an atomistic nanoelectronics modeling and simulation tool. Silvaco says that leading semiconductor companies have used the NEMO simulation tool to investigate the advanced physics phenomena on a very small and even atomistic scale. The company says that these companies use the tool in hopes of extending Moore’s law.

Goal to Commercialize and Industrialize NEMO Tool

The goal of this collaboration is to link the ulta-small scale simulation tool, NEMO, with Silvaco’s Virtual Wafer Fab™ to bring to market a design platform that allows the designing, simulating, and optimizing of electrical circuits at the near-atomic scale from the beginning.

Eric Guichard, vice president of the TCAD division at Silvaco commented, “The partnership will result in a powerful solution that enables path-finding of advanced semiconductors well before running silicon, which ultimately saves time-to-market and hundreds of millions of dollars in development costs.”

Tillmann Kubis, a research assistant professor in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in charge of the NEMO project, also praised the agreement.

“The NEMO tool suite represents the spearhead of nanotechnology modeling – both for well-controlled experimental conditions as well as large-scale fabrication reality. Its commercial version, customized to industrial needs and infrastructure, will have high societal impact,” Kubis said.