Mentor Graphics Calibre Tool Suite is the Standard at Silterra Malaysia

2/12/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced that Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a premier semiconductor wafer foundry, has selected the Mentor Graphics® Calibre® product, the market-leading physical verification and manufacturability tool suite, as its internal standard for design rule checking (Calibre DRCTM), layout versus schematic (Calibre LVSTM) and optical and process correction functionalities (Calibre OPCTM). Calibre rule files are available for all current CMOS process technologies, including 0.25-, 0.22- and 0.18-micron, and will be the foundation of Silterra's upcoming 0.15- and 0.13-micron technologies.

"Selecting Calibre as the standard for our verification tool platform ensures that our customers' designs are flawless and the ensuing manufacturing process is smooth," stated Victor Kwong, vice president of design solutions for Silterra. "Calibre's extensive rule file coverage and advanced resolution enhancement technologies make it the best technology choice for our customers and partners."

Silterra, which was named "Top Fab of 2002" by Semiconductor International magazine for operational excellence and superior customer service, will provide the Calibre command files as part of its design kit.

"Calibre has been pivotal in establishing a solid infrastructure in leading semiconductor foundries throughout the world," said Joseph Sawicki, general manager, Mentor Graphics' design-to-silicon division. "Our partnership with Silterra is a commitment to high standards in manufacturing."

Calibre Physical Verification and Subwavelength Manufacturability Tools
Calibre is the industry's only complete physical verification and sub-wavelength 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 sub-micron library providers.

For subwavelength designs, Calibre leverages its hierarchical verification engine to provide a tool suite that adds, models and verifies layouts for all four RET techniques: optical and process correction (OPC); phase-shift mask (PSM); scattering bars (SB); and, off-axis illumination (OAI). New techniques, such as sub-100-nm capable double-exposure dipole decomposition, are currently being refined for production deployment.

About Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. is a premier semiconductor manufacturing service provider that offers customers leading-edge CMOS process technologies. The company was a winner of Semiconductor International's 2002 Top Fab Award. Silterra's wafer fab will reach its planned capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month in 2003. The company's headquarters and factory are located in Kulim, Malaysia, and has a worldwide sales and marketing office in Sunnyvale, California. For more information on Silterra or its services, please visit

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) 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:

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

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