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Sanken Electric Adopts Silvaco's HiSIM_HV Model Parameter Extraction Environment for Power Device Design

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- Silvaco Japan Co., Ltd. (Silvaco) announced today that Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. (Sanken) adopted Silvaco's Utmost IV and the industry standard high breakdown voltage transistor model HiSIM_HV for SPICE model parameter extraction of advanced power devices.

Sanken is a provider of power supply and power management solutions for the electronics industry, satisfying diverse requirements of its customers. Their core business is the production and sales of semiconductor devices, and their focus in on automotive and whitegoods appliances markets. Sanken has a history of offering creative and advanced products based on their technology and know-how, and being an innovator in the power electronics industry.

Sanken reviewed their SPICE model parameter extraction work, evaluated the tools and SPICE models, and decided to adopt Silvaco's HiSIM_HV model parameter extraction environment. Immediately after the adoption, it was placed in active use for product designs and some have already been released for production. Silvaco's Utmost IV has an advanced automatic extraction function and facilitates parameter extraction of the HiSIM_HV model describing the unique characteristics of high breakdown voltage transistors.

"The growth of our company largely depends on our semiconductor technology, and assurance and improvement of quality, reliability and productivity are very important for us," said Masao Hoshino, Senior Vice President of Sanken. "In the selection of an EDA vendor, we place importance not only on the initial cost but also the technical support, such as quick response to inquiries during initial application of leading-edge SPICE models. We believe that the adoption of Silvaco's SPICE model parameter extraction flow, supporting HiSIM_HV, enables a reduction in turnaround time for parameter extraction, improvement of design quality, and adds value to our products."

"We are very pleased with the adoption of Silvaco's product by Sanken," said David Halliday, CEO of Silvaco. "We continue to be a top vendor in SPICE model parameter extraction. In addition, we will support SPICE models for leading-edge high breakdown voltage devices in cooperation with universities and research institutes. Silvaco will continue to contribute to the power semiconductor industry with the high performance Utmost IV and Silvaco's other innovative solutions."

About Sanken Electric Co., Ltd.

Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. was established in 1946. Sanken is a power semiconductor provider and supplies high quality and high reliability products in discrete, module and large-system levels. Sanken's products are used in automotive functional parts, home appliances, ICT and OA equipment and industrial equipment, contributing to society through high efficiency power conversion and high accuracy power management enabling lower power consumption and saving energy.

About Silvaco, Inc.

Silvaco, Inc. is a leading provider of TCAD, circuit simulation, and IC CAD software tools. Silvaco's tools are used by fabs for developing semiconductor processes, and design houses for developing analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits. The company provides a complete PDK-based design flow with interfaces to third-party design platforms. Silvaco has a worldwide presence with local offices in all key industrial regions in the world.

About Silvaco Japan Co., Ltd.

Silvaco Japan was first established as a Japanese branch of Silvaco, Inc. in 1989 and incorporated as a Japanese corporation in 1995. Silvaco Japan's corporate mission is to be the leading provider of TCAD and EDA software products in the Japanese market. To achieve and maintain its leadership objective, Silvaco Japan is focused on building and growing a strong sales, product support and R&D work force. Silvaco Japan is headquartered in Yokohama, and maintains an additional office in Kyoto. www.silvaco.co.jp

David Halliday
Silvaco, Inc.
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