Eliminating Bottlenecks in MEMS-IC Co-Design — Free Webinar from SoftMEMS and Tanner EDA – April 10, 2012

MONROVIA, California – April 2, 2012 -- Tanner EDA, the catalyst for innovation for the design, layout and verification of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and MEMS devices, and SoftMEMS, which provides the CAD design environment used for the development and test of MEMS products, will hold a webinar on eliminating bottlenecks in MEMS-IC co-design on April 10th.  

Systems incorporating MEMS devices are growing in their level of integration and complexity, often including multiple MEMS sensors/actuators, analog and digital circuitry, micro-controllers, sensor fusion software and custom packaging. Many of the delays in bringing MEMS-based systems to market stem from errors made in integrating the MEMS with the electronics, causing costly re-designs and missed market windows. Co-design tools enable designers to catch composition errors early and also to optimize the entire system, trading off requirements between the MEMS and electronics. The result is shortened time-to-market, higher product performance and lower manufacturing costs. 

What:  This webinar will present how MEMS CAD tools from SoftMEMS coupled with standard analog and digital design tools from Tanner EDA may be used for the co-design of MEMS devices, their associated electronics and packaging in commercial MEMS systems. Examples will be given of important co-design issues such as how to visualize MEMS devices in 3D from mask layout and fabrication step descriptions, how to co-simulate electronics and MEMS to calculate system timing, and how to model and evaluate the thermal, mechanical and electrical performance of new packaging concepts. 

Attendees will see:

  • Creation of 3D models of devices from Tanner EDA’s L-Edit layout for virtual prototyping
  • Creation of MEMS-specific layouts using SoftMEMS extensions to L-Edit
  • Links to 3D FEM/BEM simulators – such as ANSYS, COMSOL, Oefelie
  • Simulation of MEMS/electronics using T-Spice with SPICE, Verilog-A and C-code
  • Modeling of packaging effects on MEMS sensors
  • MEMS-specific design rule checking

A live Q&A session will be offered following the presentation and demonstration.

When:  Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 8:30am Pacific/ 11:30am Eastern

Registration: Register at http://www.tannereda.com/dm2/memscodesign

About SoftMEMS

SoftMEMS CAD Design Environment is used for the development and test of MEMS products. The tools are open-platform software products that support leading electronic design automation (EDA) environments used for integrated circuit (IC) development. Their tools allow data sharing among system designers, IC designers, process engineers and MEMS experts, permitting early and consistent design checks among multidisciplinary teams and allowing designers to easily develop new MEMS designs, integrate existing designs (intellectual property) into systems, and couple them with electronics. SoftMEMS design tools include MEMS Xplorer (for UNIX and HP platforms) and MEMS Pro (for the PC platform).

About Tanner EDA

Tanner EDA provides a complete line of software solutions that drive innovation for the design, layout and verification of analog and mixed-signal (A/MS) integrated circuits (ICs) and MEMS. Customers are creating breakthrough applications in areas such as power management, displays and imaging, automotive, consumer electronics, life sciences, and RF devices. A low learning curve, high interoperability, and a powerful user interface improve design team productivity and enable a low total cost of ownership (TCO). Capability and performance are matched by low support requirements and high support capability as well as an ecosystem of partners that bring advanced capabilities to A/MS designs.

Founded in 1988, Tanner EDA solutions deliver just the right mixture of features, functionality and usability. The company has shipped over 33,000 licenses of its software to more than 5,000 customers in 67 countries.

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