Silvaco Group Boosts TCAD Business with agreement to Acquire Austrian software firm Global TCAD Solutions

Strengthens TCAD Portfolio and Leadership by Adding Support for Nano Scale technologies

Dutton, Karner sign Silvaco-Global TCAD Solutions acquisition agreement

Santa Clara, California - December 6, 2016 - Silvaco, Inc. today announced it has agreed to merge with Global TCAD Solutions, GTS. GTS is a TCAD specialist based in Vienna, Austria, providing powerful and sophisticated yet efficient-to-use software for device and circuit simulation. The capabilities for advanced CMOS logic and memory, and FinFET and nanowire technologies of GTS complement Silvaco’s portfolio of 2D and 3D TCAD simulation tools and its TCAD to Spice capabilities The transaction is expected to be completed in January 2017.

Performance and economical concerns next to reliability and yield are the key challenges for advancing semiconductors beyond 7nm. Addressing these concerns will involve the extension of current approaches as well as the introduction of new technologies and materials. At the forefront of R&D, Path-Finding TCAD simulation allows to understand the effects and advantages of new materials and structures well before they can be physically tested on Silicon, with drastically reducing the number of costly experiments. GTS’s Nano-Device Simulator (NDS) is a complete and fully integrated solution for true physical simulation of nano-devices at the 10/14nm and 7/5nm nodes, including profound predictive simulation for new materials and architectures to help the industry reduce time to market and development cost at the leading edge of advanced CMOS development.

“GTS’s technologies are a welcome addition to Silvaco’s TCAD portfolio of tools and increases our leadership in the TCAD arena.” said Dave Dutton, CEO of Silvaco. “The acquisition also further expands our European operations in Vienna, and deepens our partnership with TU Wien, a TCAD pioneering center. The GTS staff deepens Silvaco’s Advanced CMOS competence which is key to our growth vision and to provide the EDA tools and solutions to help our customers innovate the highest quality and most advanced products to market.”

As former scientific staff of TU Wien, founders and staff of GTS are actively engaged in research as well as maintaining a close relationship to the university. GTS has special expertise in quantum transport and nano-devices including models for all physical phenomena relevant for operation, performance, and reliability of nano devices, such as ballistic effects, scattering, direct tunneling, band-to-band tunneling, etc. GTS products provide valid and sound predictions of device characteristics when using novel materials and new device designs and architectures.

“The combination of GTS’s expertise in physical device simulation and Silvaco’s TCAD position creates a very powerful partnership to help our customers meet the demanding development costs for advanced CMOS technologies such as FinFET, FDSOI and nanowire FET’s. ,” said Markus Karner, Co-founder and CEO of GTS. “These synergies plus the ability to leverage Silvaco’s global infrastructure will help us scale out these important technologies to customers worldwide.”


About Silvaco, Inc.

Silvaco, Inc. is a leading EDA provider of software tools used for process and device development and for analog/mixed-signal, power IC and memory design. Silvaco delivers a full TCAD-to-signoff flow for vertical markets including: displays, power electronics, optical devices, radiation and soft error reliability and advanced CMOS process and IP development. For over 30 years, Silvaco has enabled its customers to bring superior products to market at reduced cost and in the shortest time. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has a global presence with offices located in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia.

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About GTS GmbH

Global TCAD Solutions is a leading TCAD provider of products and services for process and device development. GTS offers classical TCAD as well as advanced models dedicated to study and optimize performance, variability, and reliability of n14, n7, and sub-n7 technologies. The company was founded in 2008 as a spin-off company of Vienna University of Technology. GTS’ mission is to bridge the gap between cutting-edge scientific developments and industrial needs in semiconductor device engineering. The company is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.