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
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.
May 6, 2002