SILVACO Joins OpenPDK Coalition Led by Si2

Santa Clara, CA – Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

SILVACO, Inc., a leading provider of TCAD and EDA software, today announced that it has joined the OpenPDK coalition, a rapidly growing group of influential leaders in semiconductor design and manufacturing formed by Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2), the semiconductor industry standards consortium, to create a truly open PDK data standard.

The goal of OpenPDK is to have an open and interoperable standard that will reduce the time and cost to develop, deploy, and maintain PDKs, enable greater market choice in supplier relationships, and minimize design environment disruption as PDKs are revised or replaced.

OpenPDKs will be based on standardized open technologies with backward compatibility, created through transparent, proven and robust standardization process by a broad coalition of stakeholders spanning the entire industry supply chain. OpenPDKs will utilize OpenAccess, OA scripting languages, OA schematic symbols, and standardized DFM rules.

"We are pleased to welcome SILVACO to our growing OpenPDK coalition," said Steven Schulz, President and CEO of Si2. "We expect that SILVACO, as a highly driven leading EDA vendor with an excellent worldwide reputation, will make a significant contribution to the creation and maintenance of the OpenPDK standard."

"The development of a truly open PDK standard is long overdue," said Dr Ivan Pesic, President and CEO of SILVACO. "This will allow more choices for customers to buy the most suitable tools for their needs. A PDK standard controlled by an industry-wide consortium of both EDA vendors and end-users is a significant benefit to the entire semiconductor community."

"Since inception in January 2010 we have already put the infrastructure in place to drive this project forward," said Dr. Sumit DasGupta, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Si2. "We have set aggressive development milestones that will enable the delivery of OpenPDK standards for rapid adoption throughout the semiconductor industry."

About Si2
Si2 is the largest organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on the development and adoption of standards to improve the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured, in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Now in its 22nd year, Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable timely collaboration through dedicated staff and a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 represents nearly 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world.

William Bayer
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About SILVACO, Inc.
SILVACO, Inc. is a leading provider of TCAD, circuit simulation, and IC CAD software tools. SILVACO's tools are used by fabs for developing semiconductor processes, and design houses for developing analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits. The company provides a complete PDK-based design flow with interfaces to third-party design platforms. SILVACO has a worldwide presence with local offices in all key industrial regions in the world.

Dr. Ivan Pesic
(408) 567-1000