Authors: D.L. DeVoe, S.B. Green and J.M Jump
Affilation: University of Maryland, United States
Pages: 292 - 297
Keywords: visualization, 3-dimensional, modeling, process emulation
A software tool has been developed to enable the rapid generation of solid models for MEMS structures. The automated 3-dimensional model extraction (3DMX) software, together with a description of a MEMS process, is capable of generating a solid model of a micromachined structure directly from its mask layout. The ability to automatically generate solid models of MEMS devices provides an effective path towards 3-dimensional visualization and design rule checking. The 3DMX software, which has been developed in C++ for code portability and extensibility, is applicable to a wide range of typical MEMS device features, including conformal and planar surfaces, vias, etch holes, planarizing layers, and bonded layers. The utility of the software is demonstrated for a variety of MEMS applications. The software algorithms are described, and ongoing development directions are discussed, including application to coupled-field modeling for MEMS transducers.