AUSTIN, Texas--()--The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) today announced highlights of its 17th Si2 Conference held on October 9, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. The Conference featured speakers and demonstrations from numerous leading semiconductor and electronic-design automation (EDA) companies and continued celebration of the 10th year Anniversary of OpenAccess. Jim Hogan, EDA industry pioneer and venture capitalist, provided the keynote address, focusing on new requirements for custom design and how Si2 standards will help.
A major highlight of the Conference was the public commitment to the OpenDFM standard developed by Si2’s Design for Manufacturability Coalition. This public endorsement came from IBM, Samsung Electronics Corporation, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and STMicroelectronics, the members of the International Semiconductor Development Alliance (ISDA) developing at advanced technology nodes. As stated by Jim Culp of IBM, the ISDA sees significant potential in using open standards to improve the quality and efficiency of communication not only between ISDA foundries, but also with their customers, and they are working with Si2 to develop the OpenDFM standard for implementation beyond 20nm. The complete presentation can be found at this link: https://www.si2.org/events_dir/2012/fall12/3-1_IBM_ISDA_final.pdf.
The technical sessions covered standards activities in design for manufacturability (DFM), process design kits (PDKs), low power, 3D-ICs, and OpenAccess. Speakers included representatives from IBM, STMicroelectronics, Cadence, North Carolina State University, ANSYS, eda2asic, Qualcomm, AMD, Oracle, and Synopsys. The final presentations can be viewed at this link: https://www.si2.org/?page=1595.
As part of the 10th Anniversary of OpenAccess, Michaela Guiney of Cadence chaired a session entitled “OpenAccess Marches On!”, where she detailed the evolution of the OpenAccess standard, culminating in the recent source code release. OpenAccess 2.0 was first released in 2002. It provided a model for physical IC design, representing geometry, physical domain hierarchy and connectivity. The next year, support was added to track logical hierarchy and connectivity. Since then OpenAccess has maintained backward compatibility while adding new features such as incremental technology databases, and advanced node constraints. Over the years, OA also added new functionality such as change management, plug-ins for library definition files, and multi-threading. Most recently, OA has provided database file compression for improved performance and on-disk capacity, as well as methods for faster creation of in-memory only data. Throughout this decade of innovation OpenAccess has consistently maintained high levels of quality, and has been broadly adopted throughout the industry.
The evening session, this year known as the "OA @ 10 Reception," showcased demos of advances based on the technologies offered by Si2, and included demonstrations by Cadence, ICScape, Mentor, Micro Magic, Pulsic, SpringSoft, Synopsys, and the Si2 engineering staff.
An excellent summary of Jim Hogan’s keynote address as well as other aspects of the conference was published by Richard Goering at these links: http://www.cadence.com/Community/blogs/ii/archive/2012/10/11/si2-jim-hogan-predicts-custom-2-0-ic-design-retooling.aspx?postID=1315692 and http://www.cadence.com/Community/blogs/ii/archive/2012/10/15/si2-talk-why-system-level-low-power-is-challenging.aspx?postID=1315734.
The 17th Si2 Conference was sponsored by Cadence Design Systems and Docea Power.
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 24th year, Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable timely collaboration through dedicated staff and a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 represents nearly 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world. See www.si2.org.