Title: Modelling the effectiveness of computer-aided development projects in the semiconductor industry

Authors: Samar K. Saha

Addresses: SuVolta, Inc., 130 D Knowles Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95032, USA

Abstract: This paper presents a complete quantitative model to estimate the potential benefits of simulation-based projects over the conventional approach. In the semiconductor industry, technology computer-aided design has shown a great potential for rapid and cost-effective development of advanced integrated circuit manufacturing technologies. However, a complete quantitative model to estimate the efficiency and effectiveness of simulation-based projects has not yet been developed. This paper describes a simplified mathematical model to estimate the reduction in development cycle time and cost by computer applications in technology development to reduce the number of expensive and time-consuming experiments in the wafer fabrication facility. This model, clearly, demonstrates a reduction in technology development cycle time over 67% and multi-million dollar cost savings by computer-aided technology development in contrast to the conventional trial-and-error-experimentation. Thus, the proposed model offers project managers a valuable tool to quantitatively assess the time and cost advantage of computer-aided advanced technology development projects.

Keywords: IC manufacturing; semiconductor manufacturing; manufacturing technology; technology development costs; computer-aided technology; technology CAD; TCAD; modelling; cost-benefit analysis; development cycle time; modelling; cycle time reduction; integrated circuits; mathematical modelling; wafer fabrication; project management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEME.2010.036948

International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, 2010 Vol.1 No.2/3, pp.162 - 178

Available online: 18 Nov 2010 *

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