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XYALIS Brings Cost Reduction To Mask Design

GRENOBLE, France, May 26th, 2010 As technology progresses the cost of a complete mask set has been increasing. It is not rare to see a complete mask set reach millions of dollars with the newest technology nodes, a significant part of the overall project cost. It is then critical for design teams, mask data preparation teams, and mask shops to implement a robust Mask Data Preparation flow, which not only increases the productivity of the mask set creation, but also removes any risk of error during the work intensive process. Over the last few years, XYALIS has been developing Mask Data Preparation tools in close collaboration with leading semiconductor and mask companies. This year at the Design Automation Conference XYALIS announces two new modules, to complete its proven fully integrated Mask Data Preparation solution. XYALIS introduces an automated mask set generation tool, which supports today’s most advanced technologies. In a few minutes design teams create complex mask sets from reusable process requirements. The tool simplifies the creation of Multi-Layer Reticules and Multi-Framing Masks that have become more prevalent over the years in order to reduce cost. It fully automates the flow for magnified masks, 1X masks, backside masks, and heterogeneous, multi-chips masks, and warrants that all the masks of a complex mask set meant for diverse equipments are fully compatible. The result is a streamlined mask creation process in a portion of the time with no error due to manual intervention. As Multi-Project Wafers (MPWs) or shuttles are becoming more common for prototypes, and low production chips, XYALIS enhances its long proven MPW generation solution with the release of a production aware placement engine, which takes into account production requirements (manufacturing costs, expected production volumes, and packaging information) to generate the most cost-effective assembly placement. This placement engine is fully integrated in the intuitive MPW development environment. These two new modules complete XYALIS Mask Data Preparation solution, which also includes the most user-friendly automatic Frame Generation solution on the market. This solution uses intuitive re-usable process templates to automate the insertion of manufacturing items into frames, cutting time to manufacturing, avoiding costly errors, and minimizing the scribe width for optimum silicon usage. XYALIS Mask Data Preparation suite is fully integrated in order to deliver a robust and automated solution, which slashes the time to mask creation and eliminates the risk of errors common to the otherwise manual approach. For more information come and see XYALIS at the Design Automation Conference, June 14-16, in Anaheim California (Booth 162).