IARPA funds 11nm IC fault isolation logic analysis at DCG Systems

February 23, 2011 – Marketwire — DCG Systems Inc. was awarded multiple development contracts funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The contracts total over $17 million and are intended to expedite the research and development of innovative technologies and tools for fault isolation and logic analysis on 11nm IC process technologies.

The awarded contracts include the development of a logic analysis tool to investigate the functional testing of the IC logic, including timing of individual transistors and the development of a two-photon laser assisted device alteration (LADA) tool for fault isolation. To develop these new tools, new solid immersion lens (SIL) based technologies are needed as well as new photon detectors. In these projects, DCG collaborates with a team of respected contributors in each area: MIT, Photon Spot, Boston University, Hypervision Solutions, Heriot-Watt University and two major semiconductor manufacturers.

"The funding from these IARPA projects is aimed at extending the technological boundaries and ultimately benefits the semiconductor market in a significant way," said Dr. Israel Niv, president and CEO of DCG Systems. "This is a needed source of R&D funding, without which the proposed innovations would not be investigated in the near term, and will provide technologies needed to address future IC processes." Funding for these contracts is on a yearly basis, extending over four years.

Leading edge semiconductor design analysis tools play a crucial role in ensuring the reliability of advanced technologies, therefore government funding is critical in stimulating the necessary innovation.

DCG develops technologies for design debug, failure analysis and electrical fault isolation. DCG Systems is comprised of the former Schlumberger/NPTest Probe Systems division, Optonics Inc., Hypervision Inc., and Zyvex Instruments LLC. For more information, please visit http://www.dcgsystems.com.

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