Entries by Terry Berke

Si2 Open Model Interface Provides Industry-Wide Standard for Advanced SPICE Capabilities

AUSTIN, Texas–The Silicon Integration Initiative Compact Model Coalition has released the Open Model Interface, an Si2 standard, C-language application programming interface that supports SPICE compact model extensions.OMI allows circuit designers to simulate and analyze such important physical effects as self-heating and aging, and perform extended design optimizations. It is based on TMI2, the TSMC Model Interface, which […]

We Need Your Insights on How to Improve the IC Design Ecosystem

Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) has launched a comprehensive, international survey to identify and address ways to streamline and improve the IC design ecosystem. Survey results will be announced in a DAC 2018 white paper, whose contents will present an industry consensus on specific ways the industry can manage the rising costs of more complex designs and […]

What is Open about Si2 OpenAccess?

        By Marshall Tiner Director of Production Standards Si2 What is open about Si2 OpenAccess? It seems these days everything is “open,” and the terms get confusing. Here is a short history of a few key areas to help clarify things. The label “open source” is credited to the free software movement of 1998. […]

Si2 Launches Effort to Standardize New IC Design Language

Silicon Integration Initiative Inc. (Si2), a research and development joint venture providing standard interoperability solutions for IC design tools, has launched a working group to standardize a new, formal declarative language that greatly simplifies finding and correcting design flaws in complex, leading-edge chip designs early in a design flow. Named OPAL (Open Pattern Analysis for Layout), […]

Si2 Approves IC Design Simulation Standards for Gallium Nitride Devices

Si2 Approves Two IC Design Simulation Standards for Fast-Growing Gallium Nitride Market Compact Model Coalition Models Expected to Reduce Costs, Speed Time-to-Market   For Immediate Release   AUSTIN–The Silicon Integration Initiative’s (Si2) Compact Model Coalition (CMC) has approved two integrated circuit design simulation standards that target the fast-growing global market for gallium nitride semiconductors. The […]

Empyrean Software, Qorvo Join Si2 Compact Model Coalition

  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 […]

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 […]

New Si2 Working Group to Develop Unified Power Model for System-Level IC Design

AUSTIN—Silicon Integration Initiative, Inc. (Si2), a research and development joint venture focused on integrated circuit design tool interoperability standards, has launched a System Level Power working group to create the Si2 Unified Power Model (UPM), a standard which will strengthen power management in system-level IC design. Jerry Frenkil, director of the OpenStandards Coalition, which incubates […]