Coventor updates its MEMS design platform for IoT era

October 04, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
The latest version of the company’s MEMS design tool accelerates development of customised, highly integrated sensors for the Internet of Things: it also adds links to MathWorks Simulink for faster, accurate simulation.

Coventor, MEMS design automation specialist, has announced MEMS+ 6.0, describing it as a significant advance toward a MEMS design automation flow that complements the well-established CMOS design flow, enabling faster integration of MEMS with electronics and packaging. MEMS+ 6.0 features enable the use of process design kits (PDKs) for MEMS, and include second-generation model reduction capabilities.

“The fast growing Internet of Things market will increasingly require customisation of MEMS sensors and customised package-level integration to achieve lower power, higher performance, smaller form factors, and lower costs” said Dr. Stephen R. Breit, Vice President of Engineering at Coventor. “MEMS+6.0 is focused on enabling rapid customisation and integration of MEMS while enforcing design rules and technology constraints.”

With MEMS+ 6.0, users can create a technology-defined component library that imposes technology constraints and design rules during design entry, resulting in a “correct-by-construction” methodology. This new approach reduces design errors and enables MEMS foundries to offer MEMS Process Design Kits (PDKs) to fabless MEMS designers. Submitted designs should have fewer errors, and ultimately fewer design spins and fab cycles [will be] required to bring new and derivative products to market.

“We have collaborated with Coventor in defining the requirements for MEMS PDKs for MEMS+” said Joerg Doblaski, Director of Design Support at X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries. “We see the new capabilities in MEMS+ 6.0 as a big step toward a robust MEMS design automation flow that will reduce time to market for fabless MEMS developers and their foundry partners.”