Semiconductor Equipment

New software suite for semiconductor device modeling

13 September 2022
The new model generator in PathWave Device Modeling (IC-CAP) 2023 automates workflow management for semiconductor device modeling engineers. Source: Keysight Technologies

Semiconductor device modeling engineers take note: Keysight Technologies said its new PathWave software suite will increase productivity and improve automation across the entire design and development workflow.

Automation is key to creating simulation models and process design kits (PDKs) for baseband and radio frequency integrated circuits leveraging both silicon and compound III-V technologies. PathWave 2023 takes a comprehensive approach to the creation process, with device modeling and characterization solutions that include automated measurements, device model extraction, model qualification and PDK validation.

Here's a look at what’s included:

  • PathWave Device Modeling (IC-CAP) 2023 features the model generator (MG), a new modeling flow manager that enables a one-click import of measured data, creation of trend plots, organization of the extraction flow, basic QA verification and documentation. IC-CAP also upgrades radio frequency gallium nitride (RF GaN) packages, a wide bandgap material that offers significant advantages in high-power RF applications, with support for the latest Compact Model Coalition (CMC) model versions including improved extraction flows that account for trapping and thermal effects.
  • PathWave Model Builder (MBP) 2023 introduces a new and exclusive link to Synopsys’ PrimeSim HSPICE. This ultra-fast link enables optimization and tuning without any speed penalty and delivers access to HSPICE features such as CMC standard models and Verilog-A compiler for custom models.
  • PathWave Model QA (MQA) 2023 enhances the new project template-based workflow with various template examples including statistical, corner, table and RF.
  • Advanced Low-frequency Noise Analyzer (A-LFNA) 2023 delivers an integrated and compact measurement system through support of the company’s M9601A PXIe Precision Source/Measure Unit.

Keysight’s approach to presenting the new suite is just as comprehensive, as evidenced by its dedicated “What’s New in Device Modeling” landing page. Users can register for a PathWave Design 2023 webinar series, access video overviews and request free trials of the various software components.

“Keysight’s device modeling 2023 software suite addresses the needs of customers who generate high-quality SPICE models in limited time,” said Ma Long, manager of device modeling and characterization at Keysight Technologies. “This new solution offers workflow and speed improvements and represents a significant advancement toward delivering a flexible and open environment that integrates all Keysight modeling technologies.”

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