SEMulator3D and the Future of Engineering Education
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Jun 22, 2023
  • Up to 60,000 engineers in India to be trained on Lam’s unique virtual fabrication platform
  • Programs are designed to tackle semiconductor’s next inflection points, virtually  

Today we are excited to announce that Lam Research has been included in a strategic partnership between the United States and India governments with the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology. (iCET 

Our proposal to the Indian government to transform the education of the next generation of semiconductor engineers has been included in a joint statement by the U.S. and Indian governments at the White House earlier today and in a detailed fact sheet. 

As part of the proposal, up to 60,000 engineering students can be trained in India using SEMulator3D®, our groundbreaking virtual fabrication platform as part of our Semiverse Solutions portfolio of products. This represents an innovative approach to workforce development.  

As we look to the future, the semiconductor industry faces a major talent shortage to meet anticipated demand. Educating future semiconductor engineers is even more daunting as it is extremely cost-prohibitive for academic institutions to provide physical access to the most advanced nanotechnologies.  

In addition, experimenting with volatile chemistries critical in the development and creation of semiconductors can be dangerous for students as they learn to work with semiconductor manufacturing equipment.  

Virtual skills training using our SEMulator3D software has already benefitted Lam engineers, customers and partner academic institutions in the United States. Through our proposal to the Indian government, we can give students who might otherwise never have access to cutting edge software the chance to learn from and contribute to our industry and India’s booming economy. 

SEMulator3D 11.0 
SEMulator3D is Lam’s powerful 3D semiconductor and MEMS process modeling platform. The program is used by the world’s largest semiconductor companies, manufacturers, and foundries to model complete process flows and predict downstream ramifications of process changes that would otherwise require build-and-test cycles in the fab.  

  • The software is based on highly efficient physics-driven voxel modeling technology. 

Version 11.0 of SEMulator3D, which was released this week, includes performance improvements and new functionality, among them:  

  • Large area analysis by combining small simulations into a single large simulation 

  • The ability to control the rate of lateral deposition 

  • A new metrology feature for measuring the properties of voids 

  • The option to include voids in a profile export 

The smaller chip attributes get, the more difficult it is to manufacture them consistently, at scale, and with quality. Students who get access to SEMulator3D will benefit by learning from the same software that the world’s most advanced engineers use to stay on the bleeding edge of chip design. 

Advancing India
Semiverse Solutions’ programs are designed to help the semiconductor ecosystem tackle the next big inflection points in our industry, virtually.

We look forward to working with engineers in India and helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in their careers and to advance the semiconductor industry—together.  


David Fried, CVP, is the head of Lam’s Semiverse™ Solutions group. 


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