New Solution Speeds Electromagnetic Simulation of CMOS Image Sensors by
Up to 20 Times
CALGARY, Alberta, and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 22 /CNW/ -- Acceleware
Corp. (TSXV: AXE), a leading developer of high performance computing (HPC)
applications, and Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software
and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, today announced a new
hardware solution that enables up to 20-times faster electromagnetic
simulation of optoelectronic devices such as CMOS image sensors. The
solution, which links Synopsys' technology-leading TCAD Sentaurus(TM) Device
simulation software and Acceleware's ClusterInABox Quad Q30 workstation,
enables an order-of-magnitude speed-up of the high accuracy finite-difference
time-domain (FDTD) electromagnetic modeling algorithm used in Sentaurus
Device. This performance increase allows engineers to leverage the rigor and
accuracy of the FDTD method in designing and optimizing optoelectronic devices
while shortening the product development cycle. Synopsys and Acceleware will
demonstrate the joint solution at Photonics West 2008 (Jan. 19-24, 2008, San
Jose, CA) in Synopsys' booth No.6067.
In the rapidly growing optoelectronics market, manufacturers are under
constant pressure to produce higher performance devices in a shorter time. For
example, CMOS image sensors, which are used widely in camera phones, webcams,
digital cameras, and camcorders, have to pack more pixels into each device
generation, as well as be cost-effective to produce. TCAD tools are
well-suited for optoelectronics manufacturers designing more sophisticated
devices and performing complete characterization of their device structures
over a wide range of light incidence angles, lens shapes, pixel sizes, and
other factors prior to manufacturing. This high-performance, cost-effective
solution also allows the statistical analysis of the impact of manufacturing
variations, such as lens misalignment, through multiple simulations.
Due to the complex nature of optoelectronic devices, FDTD simulations
typically require tens of hours to fully characterize a CMOS image sensor
design in 3D. The new hardware acceleration solution reduces the FDTD
simulation time by up to 20 times, allowing engineers to carry out more
extensive simulation studies, reducing development costs and time. TCAD
Sentaurus Device simulation software utilizes the ClusterInABox Quad Q30's
built-in NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), which deliver up to two
Teraflops of computational power, to significantly accelerate FDTD simulations
of optoelectronic devices.
"The collaboration between Synopsys and Acceleware brings powerful TCAD
simulation capabilities to our mutual customers, who are constantly looking
for ways to reduce costs and time in developing advanced semiconductor
devices," said Terry Ma, group director, TCAD Business Unit at Synopsys.
"Customers can now take advantage of this combined software and hardware
solution to explore more design options and to optimize performance,
manufacturability and yield for these complex optoelectronics device
"Process and device engineers are continuously challenged with improving
product performance in a shorter development cycle," said Ryan Schneider,
Acceleware's chief technology officer. "Our deskside supercomputing solutions
provide the fastest FDTD processing on the market, opening up new
possibilities in innovation and product delivery for engineers working with
Synopsys' sophisticated TCAD solution. The end result for manufacturers of
optoelectronic devices is the ability to deliver higher quality products to
their customers more quickly, without raising costs."
The Synopsys interface, TCAD Sentaurus(TM) Device EMW-X, is now available
through TCAD Sentaurus(TM) Device EMW. The ClusterInABox Quad Q30 workstation
is available for purchase directly from Acceleware. To view a demo of this
joint solution from Synopsys and Acceleware, please visit booth No.6067 at
Photonics West, or visit:
Acceleware specializes in the development and marketing of special
purpose software/hardware acceleration products used to reduce design
simulation and data processing run-times of high performance computing (HPC)
applications such as cell phone design, seismic data processing, printed
circuit board design, drug discovery, photonic/communications devices design,
oil reservoir simulation, bio-medical imaging and others.
Acceleware products are distributed to end-users at the world's largest
organizations in a wide range of industries. In each vertical market,
Acceleware's third-generation board-level and engineering workstation products
accelerate simulation and processing algorithms by a factor of 10 times or
more, on average, reducing runtimes from multiple hours to minutes. Acceleware
is a public company on Canada's TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol
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About Synopsys TCAD
Technology CAD (TCAD) refers to the use of computer simulation to model
semiconductor processing and device operation. TCAD provides insight into the
fundamental physical phenomena that ultimately impact performance and yield.
The Synopsys DFM solution incorporates TCAD to provide a bidirectional link
between manufacturing and design.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design
automation (EDA) software for semiconductor design. The company delivers
technology-leading system and semiconductor design and verification platforms,
IC manufacturing and yield optimization solutions, semiconductor intellectual
property and design services to the global electronics market. These solutions
enable the development and production of complex integrated circuits and
electronic systems. Through its comprehensive solutions, Synopsys addresses
the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, including power
management, accelerated time to yield and system-to-silicon verification.
Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and has more than 60
offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit
Synopsys online at http://www.synopsys.com/.
Synopsys is a registered trademark of Synopsys, Inc. Any other
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