MEMS designers can have their cake and eat it too, now that Cadence has teamed with Coventor to allow its 3D CAD tool to seamlessly integrate with the EDA environment. Look for Coventor to team with Mentor Graphics, Matlab and others to add MEMS capabilities to most EDA environments by 2010.
Cadence Design Systems Inc. has teamed with Coventor Inc. on what the pair says is the first environment to allow 3-D microelectromechanical system (MEMS) models to be designed and simulated in tandem with CMOS integrated circuitry. Traditionally, MEMS chip design requires a separate design effort for a CMOS application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). Now MEMS structures can be designed using a 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) system, then automatically tranfered to Cadence's Virtuoso Schematic Editor, enabling full co-simulation and co-verification.