SILVACO Delivers MOSIS SCMOS Process Design Kit

Marina del Rey, CA and Santa Clara CA, August 11, 2005

SILVACO and MOSIS, a low-cost prototyping and small-volume production service for custom ICs, announced today the availability of a process design kit (PDK) that supports MOSIS Scalable CMOS (SCMOS, SCMOS_SUBM, and SCMOS_DEEP) design rules within SILVACO’s design environment. This multi-foundry, multi-process PDK enables educational institutions and fabless companies to be immediately productive in using SILVACO IC design capture, simulation, layout and verification tools.

“SILVACO design tools and this PDK provide a solid platform for our customers to take advantage of our low-cost prototyping services to design ICs targeting any of our supported processes'', said Cesar Pina, director of MOSIS. “This multi-foundry, lambda-based process design kit complements our support for vendor rule specific designs.”

“SILVACO’s PDK-based IC design flow has met the challenge of building a flexible, multi-process kit for educational applications and low-volume commercial designs,” said Kenneth Brock, vice president of marketing for SILVACO. “Our integrated Linux, Solaris, and PC-based tools enable our PDK development team to rapidly deliver foundry-specific analog/mixed-signal/RF PDKs for high-volume designs.”


The MOSIS SCMOS, SCMOS_SUBM, and SCMOS_DEEP PDK is available for download from SILVACO’s website at no cost.

SILVACO’s analog/mixed-signal/RF design tools are now available on Windows, Linux, and Sun. Perpetual, time-based, and site licenses are available for workgroup configurations of these products. For further information on these products, please contact Universities can receive significant discounts for classroom packages through


MOSIS is a low cost prototyping and small-volume production service for custom ICs. Since 1981 MOSIS has fabricated more than 50,000 integrated circuit designs for commercial firms, government agencies, and universities.

MOSIS provides designers with a single interface to the constantly changing technologies of the semiconductor industry. Mask generation, wafer fabrication, and device packaging are contracted to leading industry vendors. The cost of fabricating prototype quantities is kept low by aggregating multiple designs onto one mask set. This allows customers to share overhead costs associated with mask making, wafer fabrication, and assembly.

MOSIS gives access to a wide variety of semiconductor processes offered by many different foundries, including AMIS, austriamicrosystems, IBM and TSMC. A variety of CAD tools and libraries, both foundry-specific and vendor-independent, can be used to prepare designs for MOSIS. For more information visit

For more information please contact:

Wes Hansford
Deputy Director