VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING TOOLS FOR SEMICONDUCTOR FABRICATION EQUIPMENT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$249,947.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
15281
Agency Tracking Number:
15281
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3325-d Triana Blvd, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Anantha Krishnan
Principal Investigator
(205) 536-6576
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE EXISTING METHODOLOGY OF DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT IS AN EXPENSIVE AND TIME CONSUMING PROCESS. TO KEEP PACE WITH THE RAPIDLY ADVANCING SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY, IT IS NECESSARY TO DEVELOP A COMPUTER BASED ENVIRONMENT TO QUICKLY SIMULATE THE FEATURES OF THE MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT BEFORE IT IS TURNED INTO A PHYSICAL PROTOTYPE. APART FROM ACHIEVING CONSIDERABLE SAVING IN TIME AND EXPENSE, VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING HAS THE ADDED ADVANTAGE OF BEING ABLE TO OPTIMIZE THE ENTIRE PROCESS. THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO INTEGRATE EXISTING SOFTWARE TOOLS FROM CAD/CAM, CFD, STRUCTURAL MECHANICS, COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND EXPERT SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO DEVELOP AN ENVIRONMENT CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING SYSTEMS LEVEL SIMULATION. IN PHASE I, A REVIEW WILL BE CONDUCTED TO ASSESS THE EXISTING SOFTWARE PACKAGES IN THE RELEVANT DISCIPLINES. THE CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT WILL BE THE CAPABILITY OF THE PACKAGE TO MODEL COMPLEX PROCESSES AS WELL AS ITS COMPATIBILITY IN AN INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENT. ALSO, A PRELIMINARY DEMONSTRATION OF CAD/CAM-CFD-GRAPHICS INTEGRATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON A TYPICAL CVD REACTOR. PHASE II WILL INVOLVE FURTHER INTEGRATION OF SELECTED PACKAGES AND DESIGN OF A VIRTUAL PROTOTYPE OF A CVD REACTOR. THE UTILITY OF THIS APPROACH WILL BE DEMONSTRATED IN COLLABORATION WITH ONE OF THE MANUFACTURERS OF SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESS EQUIPMENT. VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING WILL ELIMINATE THE NECESSITY FOR TIME CONSUMING AND PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE EXPERIMENTATION WITH HARDWARE. DESIGNS CAN BE OPTIMIZED BEFORE THEY ARE TURNED INTO PHYSICAL PROTOTYPES.

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