Overview - What is a Mentor Technology Design Kit?
Mentor's Technology Design Kit is a comprehensive and proven set of building blocks that enables semiconductor
companies and electronics systems manufacturers to jump-start their design cycles using Mentor's analog/mixed-signal
(AMS) IC Flow, thereby cutting time-to-market and ensuring manufacturing success of analog, RF and mixed-signal ICs
and systems on chip (SoCs).
Mentor Graphic Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Flow
Mentor's custom IC Flow consists of a tightly integrated set of tools that provide a complete, end-to-end solution for schematic capture, netlisting, simulation, physical layout, verification, and parasitic extraction of analog/mixed-signal (AMS) and RF IC designs.
TDKs are a fundamental part of Mentor's IC design flow. By providing customizable, easily expandable building blocks for design capture, simulation, layout and verification, TDKs eliminate the difficult and time-consuming task of setting up a design environment tailored to a foundry-specific process technology.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES TDK Active Components:
GLOBALFOUNDRIES TDK Passive Components:
The Mentor Graphics Technology Design Kits include schematic symbols that complement the foundry-supplied models and Calibre LVSTM rule decks, reducing costly learning curves for CAD engineers setting up new schematic entry systems. The Mentor Graphics Technology Design Kits include all of the overhead symbols necessary to set up a schematic to simulate—including current sources, I/O pins, voltage references and more. The symbols are also configured to run and verify physical layout using the Mentor Graphics ICtrace verification tool.
Pre-configured Process Definition File
The Process Definition File (PDF) allows a designer to use the ICgraphicTM layout editing tool right out of the box. The PDF contains the foundry-recommended layers, along with all DRC information needed to build "correct by construction" devices for an SDL environment. A simple formatted ASCII file has also been included to quickly modify user preferences.
Foundry-Supported Rule Files and ModelsBuilding foundry-specific DRC and LVS rule files is a time-consuming task that can take thousands of man-hours to develop and validate. Foundry-supplied DRC and LVS decks eliminate this costly step.
The Mentor Graphics Calibre physical verification tools are the gold standard at the industry's top foundries. These foundries offer rule files to Mentor Graphics customers at no cost, which makes the initial overhead required to support DRC/LVS decks a thing of the past. Users have access to these technology files and can be assured of no costly rework cycles due to errors in the DRC/LVS deck. Calibre DRC and LVS rule files ensure that users have a single rule file to support for both interactive and batch mode DRC and LVS runs, eliminating the need for two rule decks and effectively decreasing the cost of ownership.
Foundry-Supported Eldo Simulation ModelsFoundry-supplied Eldo models ensure that no costly mistakes occur from inaccurate models, allowing designers to concentrate on the design rather than the accuracy of the models. As with the Calibre rule files, most major foundries offer Eldo simulation models at no cost.
Out-of-Box NetlistingDefining and configuring a new netlisting system is a time-consuming task that requires great attention to detail, so the Mentor Graphics Technology Design Kits come with a complete, smart netlisting system that enables immediate productivity. The supplied schematic symbols and netlist configuration file have been perfectly matched to allow the user to netlist for the following simulators:
Programmable Device GeneratorsReady-to-use programmable device generators can significantly speed up layout design by enabling designers to automatically create logically correct and design-rule-compliant layouts directly from the information stored in the logic source (schematic symbols or netlist). In addition, parameterized layout allows standardization across multiple users and sites for design, creating DRC-correct complex layouts with a simple command, leading to improved reliability of the final product. Depending on the process technology, a TDK may include device generators for transistors, capacitors, resistors, vias, guard bands, inductors and varactors.
Shar-Script InstallationDelivery and installation of the Mentor Graphics Technology Design Kits is extremely simple; and, with automatic system setup, there are no time-consuming environment variables to configure.
Currently Available GLOBALFOUNDRIES TDK:
To learn more about how the Mentor Graphics analog/mixed-signal TDKs can get your layout design team up and running—and productive—quickly, contact Mentor Graphics at 800.547.3000.