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CIDER – mixed-level circuit and device simulator

CIDER is a mixed-level circuit and device simulator that provides a direct link between technology parameters and circuit performance. A mixed-level circuit and device simulator can provide greater simulation accuracy than a stand-alone circuit or device simulator by numerically modeling the critical devices in a circuit. Compact models can be used for noncritical devices.

CIDER couples the latest version of SPICE3 (version 3F.2) to an internal C-based device simulator, DSIM. SPICE3 provides circuit analyses, compact models for semiconductor devices, and an interactive user interface. DSIM provides accurate, one- and two-dimensional numerical device models based on the solution of Poisson’s equation, and the elec- tron and hole current-continuity equations. DSIM incor- porates many of the same basic physical models found in the the Stanford two-dimensional device simulator PISCES. Input to CIDER consists of a SPICE-like description of the circuit and its compact models, and PISCES-like descriptions of the structures of numerically modeled devices. As a result, CIDER should seem familiar to designers already accustomed to these two tools. For example, SPICE3F.2 input files should run without modification, producing identical results.

CIDER is based on the mixed-level circuit and device simulator CODECS, and is a replacement for this program. The basic algorithms of the two programs are the same. Some of the differences between CIDER and CODECS are described below. The CIDER input format has greater flexibility and allows increased access to physical model parameters. New physical models have been added to allow simulation of state-of-the-art devices. These include transverse field mobility degradation important in scaled-down MOSFETs and a polysilicon model for poly-emitter bipolar transistors. Temperature dependence has been included over the range from -50C to 150C. The numerical models can be used to simulate all the basic types of semiconductor devices: resistors, MOS capacitors, diodes, BJTs, JFETs and MOSFETs. BJTs and JFETs can be modeled with or without a substrate contact. Support has been added for the management of device internal states. Post-processing of device states can be performed using the NUTMEG user interface of SPICE3. Previously computed states can be loaded into the program to provide accurate initial guesses for subsequent analyses. Finally, numerous small bugs have been discovered and fixed, and the program has been ported to a wider variety of computing platforms.

This is free and open source software.

Website: ptolemy.berkeley.edu/projects
Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: UC Berkeley
License: Open source

CIDER is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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