Synopsys Technology CAD Tools

Synopsys provides a comprehensive portfolio of Technology CAD tools. Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) refers to the use of computer simulations to develop and optimise micro- and nanotechnology processing steps and the resulting devices. These TCAD tools support a broad range of applications, such as CMOS, power electronics, memory, image sensors, solar cells, and analog/RF devices. In addition, Synopsys TCAD software includes tools for interconnect modeling and parasitic extraction. There are five inter-related modules available in this portfolio:

  • Sentaurus Workbench, Device, Device EMW, Process, Structure and Mesh;
  • IC Validator Workbench, a layout file viewer/editor complementary to Sentaurus;
  • Raphael and Raphael FX, for 2D/3D resistance, capacitance and inductance parasitic extraction; and 
  • Other tools introduced by Synopsys for SPICE model development.

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As of November 2023, the following software programs have been removed by Synopsys staff from the vendor’s University Software program (SARA):

  • Taurus Medici, a 2D device simulator of electrical, thermal and optical properties; and
  • Taurus TSUPREM-4, a simulator for developing 1D and 2D semiconductor processes. 

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Quick Start Guide(s)

Runs on Linux operating systems. Contact for more information.

Minimum Access Requirement

For Canadian Academics

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