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AMI, Mentor team on mixed-signal design kit

Posted by inet - 2005-12-21

SAN FRANCISCO — Mixed-signal and structured digital IC provider AMI Semiconductor and top-tier EDA supplier Mentor Graphics Corp. have partnered to offer an analog/mixed-signal technology design kit containing comprehensive and proven building blocks at the device level, the companies said Monday.

According to the companies, the kit enables semiconductor companies and electronic systems manufacturers to "jump-start" design cycles on AMI's foundry process using Mentor's analog/mixed-signal IC flow. The companies claim the kit cuts time-to-market and ensures manufacturing success of analog, low data rate wireless, mixed-signal and system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.

The partnership starts with AMI's C5 process, a 0.5-micron mixed-signal process technology used by automotive, medical, industrial and defense foundry customers. The design kit enables designers to immediately begin creating, simulating and verifying mixed-signal or analog transistor-level designs targeted for the process, they said.

The kit includes a set of Eldo simulation models and Calibre rule files, as well as complete schematic symbols for Design Architect-IC with corresponding layout device generators for IC Station, according to Mentor (Wilsonville, Ore.) and AMI (Pocatello, Idaho).

"The combination of our production-proven, mixed-signal processes and Mentor's world-class, optimized mixed-signal design flow will enable our mutual customers to gain more control and predictability over their SoC design and manufacturing," said Al Morrison, AMI's vice president of mixed-signal foundry services, in a statement.

Mentor said it has also teamed up with MOSIS to extend the accessibility of AMI's C5 TDK to a wider range of design communities, including commercial firms and higher education institutions.

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