Integrated into Virtual Wafer Fab (VWF) to allow Design Of Experiments (DOE) and optimization features

3D RF Passive Device Modeling

Quest calculates 3D frequency dependent inductance, resistance, capacitance and capacitive loss for any multi-port network for RF SPICE analysis. Quest creates frequency dependent and independent SPICE models for W-element transmission lines, inductors and MIM capacitors from GDSII layouts.

Key Features

  • Calculates frequency dependent or independent spiral inductor standard SPICE models directly from GDSII layout and technology files
  • Calculates frequency dependent W-element transmission line SPICE models directly from GDSII layout and technology files
  • Calculates frequency dependent multi-port S-parameter models directly from GDSII layout and technology files for use in RF SPICE for any arbitrary layout and structure
  • Calculates L, C or R coupling effects between conductors
  • Includes complex permittivity and frequency dependent material permittivity to account for lossy dielectrics
  • Integrated into Virtual Wafer Fab (VWF) to allow Design Of Experiments (DOE) and optimization features
  • Silvaco's strong encryption is available to protect valuable customer and third party intellectual property.

Advanced Physics

  • Fictitious domain method to solve quasi-static Maxwell equation
  • No 3D tetrahedral meshing
  • Dual meshing algorithm increases simulation speed, reduces memory need and allows analysis of larger structures
  • Calculates effects of substrate resistivity and skin depth
  • True physics-based simulator allows any arbitrary structure to be correctly characterized
  • Simulation speed allows full frequency analysis and realistic DOE simulation times
  • Multiple metals on the same level
  • 4 ports to 2 ports transformation
  • Trapezoidal metal shape
  • Complex permittivity and frequency dependent material permittivity
  • RF SPICE frequency domain analysis of arbitrary multi-port layout defined structures

Automated Multi-Port S-Y-Z Parameter Generation

S-Parameter output example for a balanced inductor
We acknowledge STM Tours to have provided measurements and support to accomplish this work
Calculated current coupling in patterned ground shield of 10Ghz Using Quest for RF MIM capacitance analysis


Productivity and Versatility

  • The DOE feature within VWF allows a large number of experiments to be run on multiple CPUs for design optimization
  • Optimization capability within VWF and DeckBuild using multi-threaded GA and LM optimizer
  • Existing inductor/transmission design libraries can be re-characterized to analyze behavior for next version up process technology or for second source fabrication facilities
  • JavaScript interface including complex number calculation for processing measurement data
  • Inductor creation from pre-defined or user-defined P-cells allows layout-based DOE
DeckBuild built-in Commands pop-up interface makes generating command input files simple


Ease of Use

  • All program operations and functions are accessed via DeckBuild GUI interface
  • Capability of adding labels and pads to GDSII files for automatic electrodes generation
  • Fully integrated with Silvaco’s layout editor Expert, Utmost IV, as well as Silvaco’s Interactive Tools, TonyPlot, TonyPlot 3D
  • Conversion from measured S parameter file in .citi and .csv format to Quest S, Y and Z parameter outputs for direct comparison between measurement and Quest simulated results

Layout-based DOE on pre-defined or user defined P-cells allows inductor performance analysis as well as PDK generation.

Tree view graphic of Quest simulation in VWF
VWF worksheet with layout variables and output results
Automated layout and structure creation Close-up of a created example inductor at the cross-over location
UTMOSTIV extraction results directly available in the worksheet to be loaded in SPAYN for PDK generation
Graphical view of an optimization experiment. In Green the best πresult that minimize the target.
Optimized process parameters obtained for the targeted experimental Q factor curve

Quest Inputs/Outputs

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