- Device Simulation
- Process Simulation
- High Performance Computing
- Very Large Scale Integration
The folks at TU Wien are now partnering with Silvaco to create the new Christian Doppler Laboratory (CDL) for High Performance TCAD, along with some financing provided by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economics. The CDL opened up just last month on October 5th and there's a group photo taken at the official opening below.
I'm not certain how many American or other Universities are partnering with TCAD vendors, but the concept certainly makes a lot of sense because of how critical it is to design and optimize any new process technology prior to actual fabrication. Dr. Josef Weinbub will be heading up the new CDL, and he even has his own web site. He has been doing TCAD research since 2010, and has won an award from the NVIDIA GPU Research Center. I'm wondering if his involvement with GPUs may indicate that Silvaco will port a TCAD tool to work with GPUs, speeding up the time required for simulations.
The research team at CDL will be using Silvaco TCAD tools, and the close collaboration will certainly improve the features in these tools. Silvaco also has research sites in Grenoble, France and Cambridge UK. I often make the mistake of thinking that smaller EDA vendors are located in a single building, but with Silvaco they have people in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. This partnership between academia and Silvaco looks like a good deal between science and business.
Here's a list of TCAD tools that Silvaco offers to give you an idea of the breadth:
- 3D Device Simulator (Victory Device)
- Layout-driven 3D Process Simulator (Victory Process)
- Virtual Wafer Fab (VWF)