Addressing increased complexity, chip density, and high-speed requirements for today’s silicon designs, the FloTHERM IC solution is deployed as a unique web-based platform that delivers a high level of automation to the design tasks associated with full-spectrum thermal characterization and validation.
A typical semiconductor thermal team spends approximately 60% of its time on standard package thermal characterization and design, and the remaining time for customer-specific characterizations. The FloTHERM IC tool reduces the time spent on thermal characterization and design by providing an automated process that includes pre-verified thermal models to reduce the risk of modelling errors. The tool can also achieve reductions of up to 25% in the time usually needed for customer-specific characterizations.
The FloTHERM IC tool is based on proven Mentor Graphics technologies: FloTHERM CFD software, used to simulate airflow, temperature, and heat transfer in electronic systems, and the FloTHERM PACK Smart Parts modeling tool. This new solution addresses the following areas of a semiconductor package thermal characterization and design:
–Full-spectrum thermal metric and compact model generation with full adherence to published JEDEC standards
–Package-aware” parametric design for “what-if” analysis
–EDA tool interfacing for detailed modeling of BGA substrates for physical layout
–Data mining of simulation data to enable optimized design time and reuse
The product’s wizard-based user interface is simple to use, designed for both the core thermal team and field engineers. Supported fully by an intuitive and flexible library and database infrastructure, the software enables a range of JEDEC thermal metrics and compact models to be generated easily and efficiently.
New Technology Featured at SEMI-THERM 2010
FloTHERM IC technology will be showcased at SEMI-THERM 2010 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-25, 2010. Additional technical information about the product will be provided during the Mentor Graphics vendor presentation which will take place on February 23 at 2:00 PM in Ballroom E. Stop by the Mentor Graphics booth #202 for additional information.
For more information on the Mentor Graphics FloTHERM IC technology and other mechanical analysis solutions, visit the company website: www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/products/flotherm-ic/.