Standardization and Validation of Compact Models

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The idea of standardizing compact (SPICE-like) models has recently gained momentum in the semiconductor industry. However, since compact model equations reside in software, the concept of standardization is difficult. Several key issues must be addressed, such as accuracy, testing, availability, version control, verification and validation. Most compact models were developed without considering such issues and require productization for the compact model to be useful to the industry. The 1998 SIA Roadmap identified productization as a key issue for 100nm node [1]. With these issues in mind, a group of companies formed the Compact Model Council (CMC), chartered specifically to standardize compact model formulations. The CMC currently has 23 member companies (Table 1), including software vendors and semiconductor suppliers. The current standardization efforts include models for MOSFET (bulk), SOI MOSFET, and Si/SiGe BJT technologies.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Published: April 22, 2002
Pages: 653 - 656
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: Compact Modeling
ISBN: 0-9708275-7-1