Lam Buys Software Firm Coventor


Semiconductor manufacturing equipment vendor Lam Research
Corp. has acquired Coventor,a provider of modeling and simulation software
for chip process technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal brings Lam new capabilities to address process technology challenges through software prior
to fabricating a design on wafers in the fab.

Coventor claims its “virtual fabrication"
technology enables process engineers to understand process variation effects
early in the development of chip, reducing the number of silicon learning
cycles necessary to bring a chip to market. Such capabilities become even more
valuable as chip makers push scaling further and are confronted with daunting
new technical hurdles.

Lam said the acquisition would support its process control
vision and accelerate process integration simulation.

"We see a strong synergy between our modeling
capability and Lam's desire to enable virtual experimentation of process
development for customers and within its business units," said Mike
Jamiolkowski, Coventor president and CEO, in a press statement.

"To keep pace with future design requirements, new
technologies such as virtual fabrication and processing will be crucial to
improve time to market," said Rick Gottscho, Lam's chief technical
officer. "Together, our collective goal is to deliver more simulation,
more virtual fabrication and an overall increase in computational techniques to
support the development of next-generation transistors, memories, MEMS and IoT

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