Siborg Systems Teams up with University of Waterloo to Enhance MicroTec Semiconductor Device Simulator

Siborg Systems Inc. and the University of Waterloo have worked together in creating new physical models for simulation of organic semiconductor devices.

WATERLOO, Ontario – MicroTec is a noted semiconductor device simulator from Siborg Systems Inc. Recently, Siborg worked with the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, to create new physical models for the simulation of organic semiconductor devices. Organic Semiconductor devices are a favourable light-weight and inexpensive alternative for the Silicon based devices that dominate the market.

MicroTec is a simulator for semiconductor process and device that has been used for research and education in more than 30 countries and 130 schools including leading Universities, such as University of California at Berkeley, over the past 25 years of availability. MicroTec enables the creation of virtual devices using a simplified but practical semiconductor processing flow and then analyze their performance. The suite consists of GUI, SiDif for 2D semiconductor process and SemSim for steady-state 2D semiconductor device simulations.

Over the past year, Siborg Systems Inc. worked with a team from McMaster University from Hamilton, Ontario; the research was for the "Implementation of Physical Models and Algorithms for Organic Photovoltaic Device Simulator," a project supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The project was aimed toward Organic Semiconductor Solar Cells, but most models created are equally applicable to other organic semiconductor devices. The end result is a prototype of Organic Semiconductor Solar Cell Simulator that has been released while under testing; new features on the latest release include non-planar semiconductor device modeling capability, parameterized simulations runs, graphical device structure editor, etc.

In part of the current testing, it has become clear that more research is required to improve models for exciton transport in organic semiconductors. These models must include exciton dissociation rates at the hetero-junctions, diffusion coefficients, etc. To further the research needed, Siborg Systems Inc. joined with the University of Waterloo's Research Group of Professor Sazonov, a known expert in large area electronics. With Professor Sazonov's Research Activity, a wider area of research can be covered, including various aspects of thin film technologies that include organic electronics and solar cells.

MicroTec's worldwide acclaim has been attributed to its use in education, research and use by major semiconductor companies including Hitachi, Integrated Device Technology, Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor. A limited version of MicroTec was included with Pro. Ton Mouthaan's (Twente University, Holland) "Semiconductors Devices Explained," as well as adopted for use with Ben Streetman and Sunjay Banerjee's textbook "Solid State Electronic Devices."

MicroTec outperforms other TCAD tools for computationally extensive simulations typical for power semiconductor devices that have larger dimensions and has been touted for its stability for devices made of wide bandgap materials such as SiC, GaN, etc. Recently, it has become an accepted tool for Solar Cell simulations due to its performance while simulating large area devices.

The MicroTec Demo is available at the Siborg Download page. Though it is a demo, this version still offers fully functional graphical user interface for creating non-runnable projects. Users can only run a simulation of demo MOSFET example that allows changes to voltage, physical models and parameters. Current sale price for MicroTec Student Term License is just US$49.99.

About Siborg Systems Inc.

Established in 1994, Siborg Systems Inc. is a source of engineering software and hardware tools for the semiconductor and electronics industry. Located in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, it enjoys being a part of the local world-renowned high-tech community.

Since 2003, Siborg Systems Inc. also develops and markets Electronic Test Tools: Smart Tweezers LCR-meter and LCR-Reader.

For more information

Siborg Systems Inc.

24 Combermere Crescent

Waterloo, Ontario


N2L 5B1

Michael Obrecht

Tel: 519-888-9906

Fax: 519-125-9522



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