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  • A Brief History of Platform Design Automation

    Two weeks ago I spoke on the phone with Albert Li, Founder and CEO of Platform DA about his EDA company. Prior to founding Platform DA in Beijing, Li worked at Accelicon which was acquired by Agilent in December 2011. Mr. Li graduated from Tsinghua University and Vanderbilt University, both in Electrical Engineering, and has written over 20 technical papers. His team of engineers are experts at transistor device modeling, cell libraries and creating PDKs (Process Design Kit) for use by foundries, IDMs and circuit designers. They also have branch offices in Shanghai and Taiwan Hsinchu. Their web site at features both English and Chinese content.

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    There are three main EDA products and the first one is for device modeling and QA called MeQLab and it can be used for applications like:

    • Device modeling for FinFET and planar devices
    • Statistical modeling and mismatch
    • High voltage device modeling, sub-circuit modeling
    • Built-in modeling library and model card QA
    • SRAM modeling
    • Noise modeling and circuit analysis
    • Design or process optimization

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    MeQLab, design or process optimization

    PQLab is a tool for automating the QA of PDK libraries, saving engineering time and can be applied to:

    • Foundry PDK developers needing to QA a PDK
    • IC designers verify that a foundry PDK meets their requirements
    • IC designers compare two or more PDKs

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    For 1/f noise measurements and characterization they have the NC300 system to apply at the wafer level, device, circuit or even with sensors.

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    NC300 measurement results


    The three categories of services include:

    • Modeling
    • PDKs
    • Semiconductor IP (Standard Cells, SRAM - compilers)

    Engineers at Platform DA can design a test chip for you, perform the device modeling, create a new PDK and even provide you with a standard cell library. Device modeling services cover a wide variety of models:

    • Scalable inductor, transformers, baluns
    • HiSIM, HiSIM-HV
    • GP, Mextram, HiCUM, VBIC
    • Diode - Level 1, 2, 3
    • RF Models
    • Reliability models
    • Statistical models
    • Noise model

    PDKs can be created to serve your exact needs:

    • FinFET
    • Logic, Mixed Signal, RF CMOS
    • High speed, low power SOI
    • Scalable High Voltage (LDMOS, BCD)
    • PDK enhancements

    If your design needs to work in a hardened environment then considering using the RHBD (Rad Hard By Design) service offered by Platform DA where special purpose EDA tools are used:

    • RadEx - environment-aware model extraction
    • SERSim - Chip level SER simulation for combinational logic circuits

    The PQLab tool will be used to automate the QA of your new PDK with:

    • Validation of CDF parameters and callbacks
    • Automatic generation of test patterns for DRC and LVS
    • Pre-layout and post-layout simulation QA and comparison
    • Scalability validation of the correlation of device behavior with layout parameters
    • Circuit validation with a combination of Pcells
    • Layout parasitic validation


    Platform DA has successfully served the Taiwanese and Chinese markets for the past four years, and is now growing into several new geographies: South Korea, Japan, Europe and the USA. Their founders have deep industry experience in device modeling, cell libraries, PDKs and services to tie it all together for foundries, IDMs and circuit designers. Expect to start hearing more news coming from Platform DA and their happy semiconductor design customers.