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MOS-AK/GSA Modeling Working Group Holds Workshop

January 14, 2011
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San Jose, Calif. (January 10, 2011) – The MOS-AK/GSA Modeling Working Group, a global compact modeling standardization forum, held its annual winter workshop on December 8, 2010 in San Francisco, California. More than 50 international academic researchers and modeling engineers attended 11 technical compact modeling presentations. The workshop was co-sponsored by Accelicon Technologies and Cascade Microtech, with technical sponsorship provided by the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS), COMON and the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).

“The highly respected MOS-AK/GSA modeling workshop provides a common forum where experts in the field convene. Device modeling experts from the industry, universities and electronic design automation solution providers share practical best practices, theoretical advances and design automation topics. The knowledge sharing, technical feedback and professional networking from this workshop propagates understanding of transistor behavior and development of advanced modeling and simulation techniques,” said Tim K. Smith, CEO of Accelicon Technologies.

Modeling experts Ian Getreu of IG Associates and Larry Nagel of Omega Enterprises Consulting chaired the workshop’s morning and afternoon sessions, respectively.

David E. Root of Agilent Technologies presented “Time and Frequency Domain Transistor Modeling Based on Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer Data,” outlining three new radio frequency (RF) nonlinear transistor modeling flows based on large-signal data available from modern nonlinear vector network analyzer (NVNA) instruments. Speaker Marek Mierzwinski of Tiburon Design Automation discussed RF model development with Verilog‐A standardization in a presentation titled “Developing Verilog‐A Models for RF Simulation.”

Speaking about today’s advancements in modeling, Gennady Gildenblat from Arizona State University (ASU) presented “Compact Model of Independent Gate Asymmetric DGFET,” and Darsen Lu representing the University of California (UC) Berkeley presented “A Multi-Gate CMOS Compact Model – BSIMMG.”

The event featured additional technical presentations covering compact model development, implementation, deployment and standardization. These contributions were made by leading academic and industrial experts, including Michael O. Peralta, Medtronic; individuals from the Ngspice Development Team, Sapienza-Universita di Roma and Simon Fraser University; Brian Chen, Accelicon Technologies; ToeNaing Swe, Cascade Microtech; individuals from the Federal University of Santa Catarina Brazil; Yuri Mahotin, M+Technologies; and Saravana Maruthamuthu, Infineon Technologies, India. The presentations are available for download at http://mos-ak.org/california/.

The MOS-AK/GSA Modeling Working Group has various deliverables and initiatives planned for 2011 including a book entitled "Open Source/GNU Computer-aided Design (CAD) for Compact Modeling" and a Verilog-A directory with models and supporting CAD software.

About MOS-AK/GSA Modeling Working Group:

In 2009, GSA merged its efforts with MOS-AK, a well-known industry compact modeling volunteer group primarily focused in Europe, to re-activate its Modeling Working Group. The Modeling Working Group plays a central role in developing a common language among foundries, CAD vendors, IC designers and model developers by contributing and promoting different elements of compact model standardization and related tools for model development, validation/implementation and distribution.

About GSA:

The Global Semiconductor Alliance mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective fabless ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration, the Alliance identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence. Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 25 countries across the globe. www.gsaglobal.org

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