French EDA Startups and R&D Centers form Mixipy Consortium to solve sub-28nm Process Variability issues

Grenoble , France , October. 10th, 2011 

French Innovative EDA startups and two major R&D centers have decided to join their forces for the development of a comprehensive and innovative solution to handle process variability for sub-28nm technologies.

Led by InfiniScale, a leader of a process variability management solution, and OASIC, a provider of a unique solution for Layout-level yield optimization, the EDA industrial consortium will be supported by another startup, Pyxalis and two major R&D centers CEA-LETI and IMEP-LAHC, to validate the intended solution on different technologies and applications. The consortium aims at the development of a unique EDA flow for process variability management from design level to lithography one.

French Micro and nanotechnology competition center MINALOGIC, OSEO, FUI (Fonds Unique d’Investissement) and Grenoble region have decided to support this ambitious  national project with a global budget of about $6,7M.

We are proud of such an EDA consortium. The cooperation between all those innovative EDA start-ups and R&D laboratories is very important to meet the semiconductor industry expectations. We feel this maybe the first step to the development of coordinated EDA business in France.” Said Fabien Boulanger micro nano cluster director of Minalogic

 “This is a major step for InfiniScale. This first real collaboration between French innovative EDA startups and world-leading design and technology R&D centers as LETI & IMEP-LAHC will be a great opportunity to the development of a flow that needless to say how much it is necessary for sub-28 nm industrial evolution.” said Firas Mohamed founder and CEO of InfiniScale.

“Oasic Design Automation is glad to join the Mixipy project. As a startup, being part of an EDA consortium is the ideal way to bring our products to the market. Our domain is in the physical design, we need to be inserted in a more global flow and Mixipy is giving us that opportunity. Our talented partners will help us mature our technology and make it work in a bigger picture. We are very excited to be part of the project and we are committed to create the best in class next generation set of EDA tools in Mixipy.”, commented Jean-Pierre Colomb, Founder and CEO of OASIC DA.

 

“As a provider of advanced CMOS image sensor solutions, being part of Mixipy consortium is a unique and exciting opportunity for Pyxalis to validate and use up most powerful EDA flow and tools for imaging technologies. It will help us to develop further our “design for manufacturability” approach and our “short-time-to-product” competitive advantage.” said Philippe Rommeveaux, CEO of Pyxalis.

About InfiniScale SA

InfiniScale is a leading provider of innovative software solutions that address Memory and Analog & RF process variability challenges and parametric yield optimization at aggressive technologies. The company aims to be the leader in device, components and IC modeling and model-based solutions.  

Founded in 2005, the privately held company is headquartered in Grenoble, France.  For further information, please visit www.infiniscale.com

About OASIC Design Automation

Oasic Design Automation is the only EDA company proviing fully automated DFM correction products for companies that creates the layout of design blocks or intellectual property (IP). The company's technology provides design and verification engineers with an automated tool flow to fully correct the design layout before tape-out, resulting in a shorter and more predictable process to integrate SoC designs and ensure high quality and yielding designs. The company is headquartered in Grenoble-Meylan, France. For additional information, see www.oasic-da.com.

About PYXALIS

Pyxalis is a design house specialized in advanced CMOS image sensors serving a wide range of applications from niches to higher volume markets. Pyxalis relies on a very experienced team of more than 12 people focused on quality of service and innovation. The company has been founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Grenoble. For more information visit www.pyxalis.com.


About CEA-Leti

CEA is a French research and technology organization, with activities in four main areas: energy, information technologies, healthcare technologies and defence and security. Within CEA, the Laboratory for Electronics & Information Technology (CEA-Leti) works with companies in order to increase their competitiveness through technological innovation and transfers. CEA-Leti is focused on micro and nanotechnologies and their applications, from wireless devices and systems, to biology and healthcare or photonics. Nanoelectronics and microsystems (MEMS) are at the core of its activities. As a major player in MINATEC campus, CEA-Leti operates 8,000-m² state-of-the-art clean rooms, on 24/7 mode, on 200mm and 300mm wafer standards. With 1,400 employees, CEA-Leti trains more than 190 Ph.D. students and hosts 200 assignees from partner companies. Strongly committed to the creation of value for the industry, CEA-Leti puts a strong emphasis on intellectual property and owns more than 1,700 patent families. Visit www.leti.fr.

IMEP-LAHC

The Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique and LAboratoire d' Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation, IMEP-LAHC, is a « unité mixte de recherche (CNRS/Grenoble INP/UJF/Université de Savoie) » of  180 people strongly committed in research activities related to micro- and nano-electronics, microphotonics, micro- and nano-systems, microwaves and microwave-photonics. For more information, visit imep-lahc.grenoble-inp.fr/




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