Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) recently announced the Unified Design For Manufacturing (UDFM) architecture. UDFM targets 32nm process technology and smaller geometries and improves yields, lowers design costs, and accelerates time-to-market and time-to-volume. UDFM provides a unified, encapsulated access to TSMC foundry data and was developed in collaboration with EDA vendors and other design infrastructure partners.
The TSMC UDFM architecture includes a new DFM Design Kit (DDK) that encapsulates an embedded DFM software engine with an interoperable API in addition to the process-related DFM data and models. UDFM brings an exact copy of TSMC’s factory tool chain and process models into IC design tool chains, providing chip designers with deeper access into more of TSMC’s manufacturing data than ever before. This “copy exact” method compensates for increasing manufacturing variances in advanced process technologies, radically improves design alignment between simulated hotspots and actual manufacturing hotspots, and delivers timely accuracy to the design ecosystem. The new DFM architecture handles very large DFM dataset and design complexity, resulting in reduced design cycle time and faster time-to-market and volume.
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