Si2 Announces Open Pcell Standards Workshop

AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 11, 2013 — The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced today an industry Workshop on Pcell Standards Development to be held on January 29, 2014, 1PM – 5PM, at the Network Meeting Center-Techmart in Santa Clara, CA.

The use of Pcells (parameterized cells) in IC designs, while necessary and valuable, have historically been a cause of many design issues resulting in growing cost, schedule, and testing problems. These issues are particularly acute when developing and reusing designs incorporating pcells from multiple sources. Si2 members have been working to develop a standard which will address these increasing pcell concerns, and recent technical donations from industry leaders will now help accelerate this effort.

This workshop will solicit the widest range of inputs needed to set requirements for the emerging pcell standard, scheduled to be released by Si2 before the end of 2014. The workshop will first review ongoing work with pcell technologies and the need for standards to improve the productivity of companies working in this area. Workshop participants will then discuss requirements, such as a common language with a write-once, use-many paradigm along with the use of industry-accepted methods for defining standard pcell data structures. The aligned requirements will directly drive 2014 development and release targets.

Si2 is inviting its members as well as other interested industry experts to participate. Workshop attendees should be experienced pcell developers, QA engineers, or design managers/directors that develop or fund the development of PDKs and pcells.

Registration is free of charge and is open to all interested parties. Registration information is located here:

About Si2

Si2 is the largest organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on the development and adoption of standards to improve the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured, in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Now in its 25th year, Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable timely collaboration through dedicated staff and a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 represents over 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world. See


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