Authors: K. Hahn, R. Brück and B. Reusch
Affilation: Universitat Dortmund, Germany
Pages: 368 - 373
Keywords: micro svstem design, design verification, process validation. internet-based design tools
The impact of technoloDy related issues in microsystem physica] design is of hiah relevance due to the fact that mask layout and process configuration are strongly interdependant. Performing physical design in this area therefore means designing the layout of mask structures as well as an appropriate process step sequence for fabrication. Unlike in other areas of engineering the design verification task is not sufficiently supported by CAD tools today. This paper describes an approach providing software tools that enable the designer to arrange and to optimize process flows, to derive consistent design rules and to check layout designs for the specific technology intended to be used for fabrication. The tools can be accessed via the Internet. In this manner net based training and design for microsystems is possible, a feature that is especially relevant for SMEs in this field of business.