The Design for Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC) have approved the first official release of the OpenDFM 1.0 standard. OpenDFM is an open, high-level DRC language that can generate verification languages with no loss of accuracy or performance. OpenDFM utilizes a more compact notation for physical verification than traditional DRC rules. Tests show OpenDFM can reduce the volume of DRC rules by 5x-20x. OpenDFM describes verification intent for leading process nodes, including conditional rules and ranges of acceptable values. It leverages a plug-in architecture to automatically generate output decks.
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) will hold their annual OpenAccess+ Conference on October 20, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA. The Si2 OpenAccess+ Conference will cover the inter-related areas of OpenAccess, Design for Manufacturability (DFM), Low Power design and the newest Coalition for Open PDKs. The event will include a DFM session on the OpenDFM meta language standard, which describes DRC and DFM checks in a tool-agnostic fashion. The conference will provide updates on the industry adoption of OpenAccess and plans for the future for all coalitions.