CARY…Coventor says Cavendish Kinetics of the Netherlands has created a new MEMS-based technology for the semiconductor industry using its MEMS design software products.

MEMS are micro-electronic-mechanical systems, the integration of mechanical elements, sensors, actuators and electronics on a silicon chip through microfabrication technology.

Cavindish developed its new technology, called Nanomech, with Coventor’s Architect and Analyser software products.

“This is a major success in MEMS integrated design. Coventor has been working for eight years to develop MEMS design software modules that produce fast, accurate MEMS models,” said Coventor Senior Applications Engineer, Chris Welham.

Nanomech technology is capable of integrating MEMS elements with standard CMOS semiconductor processes making it very cost-effective and accessible to chip designers.

The technology will first be used in new embedded memory products to be introduced by Cavendish in 2005. Cavendish reports that embedded memory structures based on Nanomech technology can withstand operating temperatures of 125 degrees centigrade and higher, making it ideal for the harsh environments of automotive or other electronic applications.

Coventor, Inc. headquartered in Cary, NC provides a comprehensive suite of software tools for the development of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics and semiconductor process applications.