Basic Training on TCAD Sentaurus Tools


SENTAURUS WORKBENCH: The class covers the basics of this framework tool that allows organization of parameterized TCAD simulations in a single project with many possible splits, or branches.

SENTAURUS PROCESS: Users will learn the specifics of this process simulation tool, in terms of syntax and introduction of various models to simulate fabrication process flows.

SENTAURUS STRUCTURE EDITOR: The class will show you how to create 2D and 3D device structures, import structures from a prior process simulation step, make boundary simplifications and properly mesh structures for any subsequent device simulations.

SENTAURUS DEVICE: The class covers the basics how to simulate the electrical characteristics of devices created with SENTAURUS PROCESS and/or SENTAURUS STRUCTURE EDITOR.

SENTAURUS VISUAL & INSPECT: Users will be taught how to visualize the structures and results generated from the process and device simulations, using these tools.


At the end of this workshop the student should be able to:

  • Run parameterized process and device simulations
  • Visualize simulated doping profiles, structure boundaries and materials, I-V curves and internal device characteristics such as carrier densities, current densities, and electric fields.
  • Successfully combine mask layouts and process flows to perform simulations of fabrication processes involving single or multiple semiconductors, insulators and metals.
  • Select proper models for the simulation of fabrication processes and electrical behavior of devices
  • Properly mesh structures for adequate simulations
  • Perform AC analyses of RF parameters

Audience Profile

TCAD engineers


To benefit the most from the material presented in this course, you should have a good understanding of the physics involved in the fabrication process of microelectronic devices and/or microelectronic device physics.

Course Outline

Day 1

Tool Overview

  • What is TCAD?
  • TCAD Tool Overview

Sentaurus Workbench

  • Getting Started
  • Running a Project
  • Creating a New Project
  • Building Multiple Experiments
  • Miscellaneous Features

Sentaurus Workbench HANDS-ON - FULL NMOS Flow Simulation

  • Process flow
  • Re-meshing
  • Device simulation
  • Parameter extraction

Process simulation I - Sentaurus Process

  • Getting Started
  • 1D Process Simulation
  • 2D Process Simulation
  • Interface with ICWB
Day 2

Process simulation II - Sentaurus Process

  • Changing Parameters and Models
  • Working with a Custom Calibration File
  • Working with SENTAURUS PROCESS Advanced Calibration

Process simulation III - Sentaurus Process

  • SProcess under SWB
  • Meshing with MGOALS
  • Other topics/Q&A

Structure editing, Meshing I - Sentaurus Structure Editor

  • Getting Started
  • Generating 2D Boundaries
  • Generating Doping Profiles
  • Generating Meshes
  • Scripting and Parameterization

Structure editing, Meshing II - Sentaurus Structure Editor

  • Three-Dimensional Structures
  • Process Emulation Mode
Day 3

Device simulation I - Sentaurus Device

  • Quasistationary and Transient simulations
  • Parameter file

Device simulation II - Sentaurus Device

  • Carrier Transport Models
  • AC analysis

Device simulation III - Sentaurus Device

  • Advanced Examples
  • Solving convergence problems in SENTAURUS DEVICE
  • Q&A

Visualization tools - Inspect & Sentaurus Visual

  • Visualization of X-Y plots and post processing of results
  • Visualization of 2D and 3D structures along with simulation results
  • Interactive mode
  • Scripting - parameter extraction

Synopsys Tools Used

  • Sentaurus Workbench
  • ICWB
  • Sentaurus Process
  • Sentaurus Structure Editor
  • Sentaurus Device
  • Sentaurus Visual
  • Inspect