With the growth from our initial products R3D (resistive 3D extraction and analysis) and F3D (Fast 3D extraction), and our recently introduced H3D (Hierarchical 3D extractor), Silicon
Frontline finished 2011 very favorably and enters 2012 with high confidence.”
Current Products of Silicon Frontline
Silicon Frontline today has a product portfolio as follows:
H3D – Hierarchical 3D RC Extraction
Nanometer process technologies permit designers to develop innovative circuits, delivering high-performance functionality and incorporating logic, memory, analog and RF on a single CMOS die.
F3D – Fast 3D Extraction
F3D is a 3D capacitance and distributed RC extractor based on stochastic random walk method. F3D calculates capacitances from first principles using the original layout configuration, including all 3D and advanced manufacturing effects associated with 65nm, 45nm processes, and beyond.
R3D – Resistive 3D Extraction and Analysis
R3D is a resistive 3D extraction and analysis product for large resistive structures like power devices. Efficiency and reliability are key design criteria and R3D provides a solution to calculate and optimize both.
P2P: Point to Point Resistance extraction and analysis
ESD Checker: Full chip ESD analysis
Why the electronics industry needs 3-D technology
Why 3D extraction? “It all comes down to the need to create, from the layout view, a more precise electrical circuit model, which when simulated gives the designer performance characteristics such as timing, power and noise, as well as other important parameters like gain, bandwidth and reliability,” according to Dermott Lynch.
What's wrong with 2.5D extraction technology?
Traditional tools available from some other EDA providers are polarized. On one hand, 2.5D extractors scan through the layout geometries, devices and interconnect, looking for matches with pre-characterized patterns. When they find a match, they check sizes, run some calculations, and produce R and C values for back-annotation into the netlist. Capacity is rarely a problem for these products, and performance has been mostly acceptable (though the run time is lengthening, due to a greater number of more complex patterns for which to check); however, what has become increasingly an issue is precision.
For example, Figure 1 shows a typical MOMCAP structure, which due to the 3D topology requires 3D extraction to ensure accuracy; 2D or 2.5D extractors simply don’t handle this topology correctly.
At the more advanced process nodes, designers need to extract distributed RC models that incorporate crosstalk, fringing and shielding capacitance — and more — between interconnect segments in an increasingly complex metal stack, as well as between devices and interconnect. And don't forget the substrate. Since 2.5D extraction lacks the necessary precision for nm designs, designers are forced to follow conservative design practices, giving sub-optimal designs.
Backgrounds of Key People associated with Silicon Frontline
Let’s find out more about the key folks at Silicon Frontline:
Yuri Feinberg – Silicon Frontline Co-founder & CEO
In his career prior to 2007, Yuri Feinberg had realized that the bulk of a design team’s work was focused on the physical side of electronic design with verification being a cumbersome and slow process. At Silicon Frontline, he wanted to develop tools that would streamline the verification process and therefore achieve quality levels rapidly with a reduced resource requirement.
Yuri was born in the city of Minsk, in Belarus, to Alla and Valerie Feinberg. Minsk is the capital and largest city in
. Minsk is also a headquarters of the
Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS). It had a population of 1.8 million as of 2009.
The earliest references to Minsk date to the 11th century (1067). It was annexed by Russia in 1793, as a consequence of the
Second Partition of Poland
. From 1919–1991, Minsk was the capital of the
Yuri has one younger brother, Alex, who is an engineer at LinkedIn.
Yuri attended St. Petersburg Engineering Academy, graduating with a Master’s degree. The university trains experts in the field of construction of buildings and special structures, engineering and technical systems, and the power industry. It has a modern experimental base for testing various thermal-mechanical and power equipment, structures and construction materials, and carries out research and development activities.
St. Petersburg Engineering Academy
Yuri’s wife, Yulia, is an engineer working for Intel. The couple has 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. The two older children attend Harker Academy, while the younger boy recently celebrated his first birthday.
Dr. Maxim Ershov – Silicon Frontline Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Maxim Ershov
Dr. Maxim Ershov is Silicon Frontline’s CTO, having joined the Company in September of 2007.
Maxim was born in the city of Yaroslavl, Russia, located 250 kilometers (160 mi) northeast of Moscow.
Maxim’s father worked as an engineer and schoolteacher. Maxim has 2 siblings, both of whom still live in Russia working in the medical and financial fields.
In his younger years, Maxim was heavily involved in sports, competing in swimming and rowing, while also playing on local soccer teams. Additionally, his love of things technical led him to an interest in radio-engineering, and he filled any remaining time by being an avid reader. Maxim attended boarding school at the Moscow State University, specializing in physics and mathematics.
Moscow State University
During his high school years, he won first prize in the Russian Olympiad in physics in 1982.
Maxim then attended the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology from 1983-1989, where he graduated with a M.Sc. in solid state electronics. While there, he also achieved first prize in the USSR Olympiad in physics in 1986.
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Maxim continued his studies, attending the Russian Academy of Sciences where he earned a Ph.D. in Solid State Electronics in 1992. From 1993 until 1998, Dr. Ershov was an Assistant Professor at the University of Aizu, Japan; and from 1999 until 2001, he was an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University, USA. Maxim joined PDF Solutions in 2001 working as a Senior Engineer. In 2004 he moved to T-RAM Semiconductor as a senior staff device engineer and joined Foveon, Inc. from 2006 until 2007. Dr. Ershov has published over 100 reviewed papers.
By the way, Dr. Ershov and several others at Silicon Frontline have absorbed the work in which Andrei Tcherniaev was involved. After nearly five years of helping Silicon Frontline to ensure that the company’s “extraction” products were solidly established, Andrei has joined a group at Cadence to pursue once more his affection for electronics “simulation.”
Dermott Lynch – Silicon Frontline VP Sales & Marketing
Dermott Lynch, VP Sales and Marketing, joined the company in April 2008. Prior to Silicon Frontline, Dermott was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Infinisim, beginning in May 2005. Prior to Infinisim, he was VP Sales at Nassda and previously was VP at Sente, Inc.
He also spent 4 years at Quad Design/Viewlogic as Director of Technical Marketing and in previous assignments in software and hardware design at Hyster, Ashling Microsystems and Elcor Associates.
Dermott was born in the city of Coventry, in 1961, to Jerry and Lily Lynch. Coventry is the 9th largest city in England. It is situated 95 miles (153 km) northwest of London.
Dermott’s father, Jerry, held numerous jobs; including butcher, bartender, and farmer, and he is now retired. His mother, Lily, was, and continues to be, a homemaker. They now live in Bailieborough, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland, where they have resided since 1975.
Dermott has 3 brothers and 1 sister, all of whom live in Bailieborough. His older brother works for the Department of Agriculture while his 2 younger brothers are school teachers. His sister, previously an accountant and school teacher, now runs a family business with her husband.
The family returned to Ireland in 1962 and settled in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. While there, Dermott attended Our Lady of Victories Primary School from 1965 until 1973. This was followed by attending Beneavin College Secondary School. In 1975 the family moved to Bailieborough, and Dermott studied at Lourdesville Secondary School until 1978.
During his younger years, Dermott spent all his free time playing soccer, Gaelic Football, and running cross country. While playing with Beneavin College, the school won the national championship. Nowadays, he continues to enjoy playing soccer.
University College, Dublin
Dermott attended University College, Dublin’s Engineering School, from 1978 to 1983, receiving a B.E. (First Class Honors) in '82 and a M. Eng. Sc. in ’83. From there he worked for Hyster Corporation doing hardware and software design of mobile platforms – automated forklifts. During this time he spent a year in Portland, Oregon at the company’s headquarters. From Hyster he joined Ashling Microsystems again becoming involved in development. In 1988 he joined Elcor Associates, distributing EDA products including Orcad; PADS-PCB; and Quad Design, which he later joined.
In 1996 he teamed with Sente, Inc., the leader in RTL level power analysis, covering numerous roles from Director of Technical Marketing, VP of International Sales, and VP of Business Development. He met up with Yuri and Andrew when he joined Nassda in 2000, where he worked with the sales team and eventually became VP of Sales. After Nassda, he worked as VP of Sales and Marketing for Infinisim, Inc. He moved to Silicon Frontline in 2008.
Dermott met his wife, Susan, in San Jose, where she had recently arrived from Florida. They have three daughters. The eldest graduated from UCLA, while the younger two girls attend Leigh High School and Union Middle School, respectively. Outside of school they work diligently at Irish Dance, and they have traveled throughout the USA and beyond to perform.
Silicon Frontline Board Members
Silicon Frontline has been fortunate to have Dr. Sang Wang’s support since the beginning. He was joined by Art Reidel, a number of other Angels, and the iD SoftCapital Group, in the Company’s first and only round of financing, in September 2007, totaling $4 million.
Dr. Sang S. Wang was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Nassda Corporation, a Santa Clara, California-based Electronic Design Automation company from 1999 to 2005. Nassda went public in 2001 and was acquired by Synopsys in 2005. Previously, Dr. Wang was co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of EPIC Design Technology from 1986 to 1997. EPIC went public in 1994 and was acquired by Synopsys in 1997. Dr. Wang served as a Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager at Synopsys from 1997 to 1998. Prior to co-founding EPIC, Dr. Wang was a Senior Member of Technical Staff and a CAD Manager at Advanced Micro Devices from 1982 to 1986.