The Design For Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC) was recently formed to build on previous efforts to ensure that ICs can be manufactured in accordance with the original design. Founding members include Cadence, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Ponte Solutions, Samsung, Sagantec, ST Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments.
As semiconductor features shrink in size and pitch, the challenge of manufacturing them at acceptable yields increases dramatically. New materials, new processes, new equipment are being employed to challenge the laws of physics and are pushing the limits of known manufacturing science. More and more, manufacturing cycles and yield must be considered as an integral part of design of the library elements and the IC as a whole. IC production must become a collaborative effort across the disaggregated supply chain where business partners can share knowledge in a trusted environment – an integrated enterprise. The DFMC was formed to address these issues.