Traditionally, foundries have managed yield, but for better optimization, and in order for designers to make an efficient analysis, many yield issues should be considered in the design stage. This can only happen if there are methods for sharing responsibility for optimizing designs to produce acceptable yield, and if there are tools to interpret the communication.

The need for “design for manufacturing” (DFM) is broadly accepted; at issue, however, is the development of a data-sharing communication system that protects the IP concerns of manufacturers while providing designers with enough detail to make yield improvements without a drastic change in historic design flows. This white paper discusses how, when properly executed, such a collaborative effort can return a higher level of overall yield control.

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