Empyrean Software, Qorvo Join Si2 Compact Model Coalition

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Empyrean Software, Qorvo Join Si2 Compact Model Coalition


For Immediate Release


AUSTIN, Texas—Empyrean Software and Qorvo have joined the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) Compact Model Coalition (CMC), a collaborative group that funds the standardization of cost-saving SPICE models for integrated circuit designs.

They join 30 other companies that increasingly rely on the use of industry-standard SPICE models (Simulation Program with Integration Circuit Emphasis) to simulate the performance of new and enhanced chip designs prior to manufacturing. As a research and development joint venture focused on IC design tool operability standards, Si2 provides a legally protected environment for its members to share resources for funding SPICE model standardization.

“SPICE device models are equations that express transistor function. These fundamental building blocks provide IC designers with the ability to simulate and validate design function and performance before entering the capital-intensive phase of manufacturing,“ said John Ellis, Si2 president and CEO. “To reduce R&D costs and increase simulation accuracy, the semiconductor industry has turned to the CMC to pool resources and fund the standardization of best-of breed models.

“Once the standard models are proven and accepted by CMC, they are incorporated into design tools providing cross-correlation between simulators and widely used by the semiconductor industry. The standard models have been developed, and are refined and maintained, under direction and funding by the CMC, by leading universities and national labs,” Ellis explained.

Steve Yang, CEO of Empyrean Software, said “As designs move to advanced processes, the simulation models provided by CMC are vitally important for our tools to provide accurate results and validate designs before they are manufactured.  As the largest China EDA software supplier, Empyrean’s EDA tools cover complete custom AMS design flow: schematic entry, layout editing, circuit simulation, DRC/LVS, and RC extraction.”

For more information about the CMC visit https://si2.org/cmc/.


About the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2)

Si2 is a leading research and development joint venture that provides standard interoperability solutions for IC design tools. Its primary products include OpenAccess, the world’s most widely used, open reference database for IC design, with a supporting standard APA. All Si2 activities are carried out under the auspices of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, the fundamental law that defines R&D joint ventures and offers them a large measure of protection against federal antitrust laws.


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Si2 Recruiting Engineering Students for IC Design Program


Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) is recruiting engineering students for its University Partner Network, a program that offers real-world, electronic design automation job experience.

Si2 is the industry’s most experienced, federally registered research and development joint venture for the collaborative development of standard, interoperable EDA software.  Marshall Tiner, director of Production Standards, who oversees the University Partner Network, said volunteer partners are vital contributors to a variety of R&D projects.

“Students accepted into the program work hand-in-hand with IC design experts and design tool developers from our global members,” Tiner said.  “They represent leading semiconductor manufacturers, fabless companies and EDA tool suppliers. “The University Partner Network has proven to be a springboard into the EDA Industry, for partners whose work with us had led to full-time employment.  Partners strengthen their resumes and broaden their network with prospective employers.  Employers benefit also, by identifying and working with prospective employees.”

Partners must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate engineering degree program.  They should have some programming experience and a general understanding of semiconductor design.

For more information to to apply for the program, visit https://si2.org/si2-eda-university-partner-network/