Interoperable PDK opens up analog design

March 27, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Sensor and analog IC vendor AMS AG (Premstaetten, Austria) has made available a "interoperable" process design kit (iPDK) for its 0.35-micron analog speciality processes.

Such iPDKs are based on the OpenAccess database and use standard languages as well as a unified architecture to enable interoperability among multiple EDA vendor tools.

The iPDK v4.10 includes parameterized device layouts (PyCells) scripted using the Python programming language and support the C35 (CMOS), S35 (SiGe-BiCMOS), and H35 (High-Voltage CMOS) manufacturing processes.

The iPDK has been tested & qualified with Keysight EEsof EDA Advanced Design System (ADS) 2016.01 and Synopsys Galaxy Custom Designer 2014.12.

"Expanding our foundry service and technology portfolio by offering much more flexibility in selecting their EDA tools enables our customers to immediately start design activities and to focus on their core competence – chip design," said Markus Wuchse, general manager of AMS' foundry division.

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