Mentor Graphics Calibre Named Internal Standard for Physical Verification at GSMC

1/29/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that Calibre®, the company's market leading physical verification and manufacturability tool suite, has been selected as an internal standard at Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (GSMC), a new "pure-play" foundry based in Shanghai, China. GSMC was formed to help address the IC manufacturing needs of the global electronics market.

Calibre DRCTM (design rule checking) and Calibre LVSTM (layout vs. schematic) rule decks are available now for GSMC's advanced technology processes.

"Calibre's extensive rule file coverage, design-style independence and on-time customer support made it the best choice for the complex designs our customers are creating," said Stephen Kuo, design service department manager of the Technology Development Unit at GSMC. "Selecting Calibre ensures customers a confident design transfer and a smooth manufacturing process."

"Calibre has been pivotal in establishing a solid infrastructure in semiconductor foundries throughout the world," said Joseph Sawicki, general manager, Mentor Graphics® design-to-silicon division. "GSMC's adoption of Calibre as the internal standard is a signal that China's new foundries are committed to high standards of manufacturing."

Calibre Physical Verification and Subwavelength Manufacturability Tools
Calibre is the industry's only complete physical verification and subwavelength solution. The Calibre physical verification tool suite, which includes Calibre DRC and Calibre LVS, ensures that IC physical designs conform to manufacturing rules and match the intended functionality of the chip. As the market leader in physical verification tools, Calibre is the industry standard, used in 19 of the world's 25 largest integrated device manufacturers, as well as all the top foundries and deep submicron library providers.

For subwavelength designs, Calibre leverages its hierarchical verification engine to provide a tool suite to add, model and verify layouts for all four RET techniques: optical & process correction (OPC), phase-shift mask (PSM), Scattering Bars (SB) and off-axis illumination (OAI), plus the new techniques such as sub-100-nm capable double-exposure dipole decomposition technique currently being refined for production deployment.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $600 million and employs approximately 3,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

About GSMC
Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (GSMC) is a company that specializes in Integrated Circuit (IC) fabrication. GSMC is located in Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Pudong new area. The business objective of GSMC is to become a prominent China-based wafer foundry company through providing excellent services to the global semiconductor market, especially the emerging IC market in China. In addition to collaborating with IC design houses, assembly and testing companies; GSMC will deliver the most advanced technology to our customers with Total IC Solution services.

Calibre and Mentor Graphics are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Calibre DRC and Calibre LVS are trademarks of Mentor Graphics.

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