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General description

XMOD is a privately held start-up founded in 2002 by partners coming from public research (namely IMS -formerly IXL-, France and CEDIC, T. Univ. of Dresden Germany). The company aims developing high added value technologies in the field of electron devices compact modelling. The company's co-founders have prioritized long term development and research investment over short terms benefits as a key foundation of their strategy, thus allowing the company to gain an international reputation in the modelling community. Results obtained in high frequency advanced bipolar transistor compact modelling allowed the company to gain worldwide reputation customers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan and United-States, among which we can cite STMicroelectronics, Infineon, Chartered Semiconductor, TSMC, Toshiba, National Semiconductor and Jazz Semiconductor. This emphasizes the scientific and technological quality of the software and services developed by XMOD. Today, the company is strengthening its partnerships with well established EDA companies (Agilent Technologies) and increasing its intellectual property portfolio and service offer to supply high demand in physics based, accurate, scalable and statistical modelling.
XMOD has high innovating capabilities via high skilled employees (engineers and Ph.D.) and via its strong relationships with research institutes (in France and EU) which are considered as a key enabler for strong growth potential. XMOD employees and co-founders are originators or co-authors of more than 150 publications.



Bertrand Ardouin

XMOD Technologies

43, Rue P.Noailles

33405 Talence France

+33 5 4000 34 39

Role/activity in the project

Within the DOTFIVE project, XMOD is responsible for providing advanced models and new modeling methodologies for the SiGe HBT technology platforms developed by the other project partners. Especially, XMOD will focus on compact (electrical) modeling aspects for very high frequency applications, targeting physics based scalable methodologies, in order to achieve high accuracy as well as relevant predicting capabilities, which is crucial for technologies under development.


People involved in the project

Bertrand Ardouin received the MS and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from the Universityof Bordeaux 1, France in 1998 and 2001 respectively. His research activities were SiGe HBTs advanced modelling and characterization, with special focus on parameter extraction for the Hicum bipolar compact model and high frequency on-wafer measurements. In 2002, he has been one of the co-founder of XMOD technologies, Talence France, a SME working in the modelling field, where he is currently the Manager and  R&D director. His main work is development of parameter extraction software for advanced compact models and modelling activities for various technologies. Dr Ardouin is a member of the IEEE-BCTM CAD/Modeling subcommittee since 2006.

Aydine Modjtahedi received the MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bordeaux 1, France and the MBA in industrial purchasing from Business School of Bordeaux, France, in 1996 and 2000 respectively. From 1996 to 1998 he was involved in research activities on VLSI-ULSI copper based interconnection reliability with IMS laboratory, France. In 2000 he joined AMI Semiconductor (formerly Alcatel microelectronics) as device reliability engineer investigating the degradation mechanisms and reliability performances of High voltage devices. In 2004, He joined XMOD Technologies as modelling Engineer and Technical Marketing Manager. His main activity is focusing on model parameter extraction and market research & analysis focusing on Semiconductor and EDA industries.