MicroTec is an easy-to-use semiconductor process and device simulator; a new update is available
WATERLOO, Ontario - Siborg Systems Inc. released MicroTec in the early 90's as an easy-to-use semiconductor process and device simulator. It was used by more than 40 semiconductor companies and 150 universities for both educational and professional applications.
MicroTec is a somewhat simplified semiconductor TCAD tool with nevertheless powerful modelling capabilities for industrial semiconductor process and device design. It is especially efficient in computationally extensive simulations for modelling of semiconductor devices with large dimensions such as power semiconductor devices, various kinds of sensors and solar cells. It is particularly useful for devices made of GaN, SiC and other materials with a wide bandgap due to its unique numerical algorithms ensuring high robustness.
MicroTec is capable of simulation of 2D silicon process, including deposition, etching, oxidation, diffusion, implantation, and epitaxy. It also performs 2D steady-state semiconductor device simulation including a wide variety of devices including MOSFET, JFT, IGBT, BJT, SOI-MOSFET, Schottky devices, DMOS, etc.
During the years MicroTec was tested in a realistic industrial environment helping engineers around the globe to design their semiconductor devices and debug the semiconductor processing.
MicroTec is perfect for students and other professionals that require understanding of the physics of semiconductor devices without knowing much about computers or numerical methods and those who do not have time to learn new process/device simulation tools. MicroTec is only takes a few hours to learn while still offering robustness.
In the last few years a few sets of simulation examples have been developed covering exercises for various semiconductor device textbooks, including B. Streetman and S. Banerjee and S. Campbell that are based on the textbook contents and allow students to follow the book when studying the subject. MicroTec allows the students to plot any variables illustrating the device physics deepening the understanding of various phenomena.
MicroTec is widely used by Universities, allowing students to learn basic ideas about the semiconductor device design in a realistic model environment and create their own virtual devices using realistic process flow and to test their performance. It was used by multiple universities, including University of Waterloo, University of California at Berkeley, Waseda University and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Siborg would facilitate MicroTec use as an educational tool by implementing a specific simulation example set for a particular program at any level, from undergraduate to advanced Ph.D. level courses. Recently Siborg agreed with Pitotech, a Taiwanese software distributor, to represent them in Taiwan and China. A series of workshops have been delivered during a trip to Taiwan undertaken by Michael Obrecht, a Director at Siborg Systems Inc. in October 2015.
MicroTec includes four main tools:
SiDif for 2D semiconductor process simulation including oxidation, epitaxy, implantation and diffusion
SemSim for steady-state 2D semiconductor device simulation
SiBGraf for 2D and 1D graphics
MicroTec shell integrating the tools
Based on the diffusion-drift model, MicroTec employs a finite difference technique on a rectangular, auto-adjusting mesh.
MicroTec is able to run on virtually any PC; a true 32-bit application for Windows, with very little RAM needed for allocation. It has no memory threshold, being able to run on computers with only a few Mbytes of memory if the mesh size is no larger than a few thousand nodes; it only needs about 8 Mbytes of memory for a 20000-node mesh.
A fully functional demo of the current version of MicroTec is available from Siborg Systems Inc.
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