Samsung Foundry Certifies Ansys Thermal Integrity & Power Integrity Solution

Ansys multiphysics platform provides proven solutions to address challenges in simulating and managing power and thermal effects for heterogeneous 2.5D/3D-IC multi-die systems


Ansys announces that Samsung Foundry has certified Ansys’ RedHawk power integrity and thermal verification platform for Samsung’s family of heterogeneous multi-die packaging technologies. Samsung’s collaboration with Ansys recognizes the critical importance of power and thermal management on the reliability and performance of advanced side-by-side (2.5D) and 3D integrated circuit (3D-IC) systems.

Many leading semiconductor products for high-performance computing, smartphones, networking, artificial intelligence, and graphics processing are made possible by 3D-IC technologies, which can also help companies achieve competitive differentiation in their markets. Samsung offers a range of 2.5D packaging options (I-Cube and H-Cube) as well as 3D vertical stacking with X-Cube technology. The dense integration of multiple chips creates a major challenge in heat dissipation. A single die can draw well over 100W of power which must be routed through extremely fine microbump connections.

Samsung has collaborated with Ansys to certify RedHawk-SC Electrothermal for simulating temperature profiles with their packaging technology. Samsung also validated the predictive accuracy of RedHawk-SC Electrothermal with Ansys’ Icepak solution for thermal analysis of electronic assemblies—including forced-air cooling and heat sinks. RedHawk-SC verifies the electromigration (EM) reliability and voltage drop (IR drop) correctness of the entire power distribution network connecting the chiplets and interposer.

“Samsung Foundry sees heterogeneous integration as a critical technology for the future of the semiconductor industry,” said Sangyun Kim, vice president of Foundry Design Technology Team at Samsung Electronics. “But it also raises a number of new challenges and multiphysics concerns that need to be carefully analyzed for system success. Ansys is a valuable partner that offers us proven simulation technology that our customers can use for thermal management and power analysis for better performance and higher reliability.”

“Ansys’ deep expertise in the areas of power management and system analysis have allowed us to engage with our customers at the chip, package, and system level,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor, and optics business unit at Ansys. “Our continuing partnership with Samsung keeps us at the forefront of silicon processing technology and helps our customers take full advantage of Samsung’s 3D-IC technology.”