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Workshop on Compact Modeling at the 5th International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
April 23-25, 2002
Venue San Juan Marriot Resort & Stellaris Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Summary The first Workshop on Compact Modeling (WCM) has been successfully held at the 5th International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems (MSM2002) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April 23-25, 2002. This is the first event of its kind in bringing experts in the compact modeling (CM) field together to present the latest development and share their views on the current needs and future trends in CM development in the system-on-chip (SOC) era.  The success of the Workshop is attributed to the dedicated contributions of quality presentations from all the invited speakers from ten countries all over the world, the support of the MSM organizers, as well as the active participation of the authors of contributed papers and the enthusiastic audience.

The WCM is a full 3-day event, which focuses on bulk-Si and SOI CMs as well as RF/noise/interconnect modeling in the mainstream CMOS technology.  The major existing models have been presented by the model developers, such as BSIM from UC Berkeley, EKV from EPFL, HiSim from Hiroshima University, MOS11 from Philips, SP2001 from Pennsylvania State University, and UFSOI/UFPDB from University of Florida, which are complemented with more details in the tutorial sessions.  There are also a number of excellent presentations on RF/noise and interconnect/statistical modeling as well as compact model generation/interaction with TCAD by the leading experts in the field.  One of the major objectives of WCM is to create a truly open forum for discussion among experts in the field as well as feedback from technology developers and circuit designers.  This is achieved by the interactive Evening Panel Session on the trends and needs in compact models in the SOC era, with panelists from major model developers and industrial representatives as well as active participation of the audience from major chip manufacturers, semiconductor foundries, and EDA vendors.

This Workshop represents a first step towards bringing different walks of people to walk on the same road -- compact modelers, technology developers, circuit designers, CAD tool vendors -- from both academia and industry.  It is the express interest of the invitees and the audience that this event be continued and broadened in its scope in the future, such as inclusion of bipolar devices, extrinsic/parasitic modeling, substrate coupling, reliability models, as well as participation of circuit-simulator vendors.  Based on the uniquely important role of compact models in the entire chip design/fabrication arena as well as its increasing importance in bridging deep-submicron technology development and systems design, WCM will find its way to becoming an open forum for interdisciplinary discussion, a bridge for different walks of people, and a dynamic link to sharing ideas in future technologies and methodologies.

Xing Zhou
May 6, 2002

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