Challenges and Opportunities in Global Standardization of Compact Models

DAC 2016

The Si2 Compact Model Coalition (CMC) is a collaborative industry-academia organization for creating standards for SPICE compact models. CMC standards drive innovation across the semiconductor foundry-fabless ecosystem by ensuring that well-vetted compact models and compact model interfaces are consistently implemented in vendor circuit simulators. This panel discusses developing cutting-edge models while simultaneously improving/maintaining legacy models and acting in the presence of a challenging model developer funding climate. Special focus is on models currently in the CMC pipeline including GaN, HEMTs (gallium nitride high-electron mobility transistors) and electrostatic discharge protection devices.

What you will learn

  • Advantages of using industry-wide compact model standards

  • New compact models in development and significant changes to legacy models

  • Challenges and solutions in evolving model language descriptions

  • How the CMC helps individual companies succeed and innovate

  • The status of R&D funding status and its impact on compact model development


  • Moderator: John Ellis, President and CEO, Si2

  • Rob Jones, Senior Principal Engineer at Raytheon, Microelectronics Engineering & Technology Group, Raytheon

  • Marek Mierzwinski, Research and Development Engineer, Keysight Technologies

  • Josef Watts, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

  • Richard Williams, IBM

  • Peter Lee, Manager, Micron Technology