Atomera Incorporated (NASDAQ: ATOM), a semiconductor materials and licensing company focused on deploying its proprietary silicon-proven technology, today announced immediate availability of MSTcadTM, Mears Silicon Technology computer-aided design, a powerful software tool showcasing the advantages of using MST in a variety of semiconductor devices. This sophisticated mathematical model is now available to semiconductor engineers for use in Synopsys SentaurusTM, allowing them to develop innovative, high-performance products.
Atomera developed MSTcad by capturing the intricate physical properties and evolution of MST during the manufacturing of semiconductor devices. The physical characteristics and electrical performance simulated with those models have been validated with actual silicon to confirm that the effects of integrating MST can be accurately predicted. MSTcad will be available in Sentaurus Process and Sentaurus Device simulation packages of Sentaurus for physical and electrical characterization, respectively.
“All major semiconductor suppliers continue to look for new materials like MST to help them advance their performance and power while minimizing cost,” said Scott Bibaud, Atomera president and CEO. “Simulating the performance of MST-based CMOS devices allows our customers to reduce the time and cost required to develop highly competitive technologies and products and achieve predictable success. We believe this release of MSTcad will allow industry-wide adoption of MST, spanning process technologies from the legacy to the most advanced.”
“Atomera’s MSTcad integrates into Synopsys’s market-leading Sentaurus TCAD platform to show how this new advanced material can help semiconductor manufacturers achieve heightened levels of performance,” said Terry Ma, vice president of engineering, TCAD at Synopsys. “Synopsys is pleased to work with Atomera to bring this emerging technology to the industry.”
Many semiconductor OEMs have large teams of TCAD engineers doing simulation of their next generation semiconductor devices. With the availability of MSTcad, this large, highly-skilled community will be able to find new, innovative ways of solving the industry’s challenges by integrating MST into their semiconductor devices. This new tool will allow customers to deliver large-scale TCAD simulations to design better experiments, and to compare MST to their current processes or other materials under consideration.