Silvaco TCAD: Introduction and the Basics
- A Tutorial in 3 Parts

Part II - TCAD Device Simulation

Silvaco TCAD can be applied to a breadth and depth of applications useful in the development of semiconductor technologies. TCAD has been proven to be a powerful tool to provide in-depth understanding of device fabrication and operation. When applied by engineers to their Semiconductor R&D needs, TCAD can provide insights difficult or even impossible to achieve empirically. TCAD can help enhance device performance, increase yield and reduce time to market.

However applying TCAD is a complex learned skill and engineers must apply their own skill and experience as a solid-state physicist, electrical engineer or circuit designer. Applying that knowledge to harness the TCAD infrastructure will their simulation goals to be achieved. TCAD software combines industry and academic physics knowledge, advanced numerical methods, user interfaces, and automation to allow engineers to get the answers they need.

In this 3-part webinar series, viewers will be introduced to the suite of Silvaco TCAD software, and offered starter training and tutorial. The series will allow them to approach the complexity of suing TCAD from a good starting point and to learn quickly and confidently how to achieve successful TCAD simulation

Part II - TCAD Device Simulation

Part II of this webinar series takes a dive into creating a new device simulation deck. Attendees will learn how to use DeckBuild to write a fully functional device simulation deck. This webinar is focused as a tutorial and will be giving a step-by-step guide building and running a device entirely in the device simulators themselves—from mesh specification, setting material parameters and models, to simulating device characteristics and analyzing results in TonyPlot. This webinar will help provide attendees a better understanding of the TCAD flow and help solidify core concepts to improve the users ability to generate working TCAD simulations.

What attendees will learn:

  • Brief Introduction into device simulation
    • Silvaco device simulators Atlas and Victory Device
  • Introduction to the TCAD user interface
  • Atlas/Victory Device syntax basics
  • Writing an input file within DeckBuild
    • Defining a structure and mesh within the device simulator tools
    • Applying material parameters and models to device regions
    • Building solution specifications for device characterisation
  • How to analyze results from the device simulation
    • Viewing and analyzing results in TonyPlot
    • How to use TonyPlot efficiently


Thomas Jokinen Thomas Jokinen is a Field Applications Engineer within the Silvaco’s TCAD Division. Thomas is based out of Silvaco’s US East Coast office in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts since 2017. He is responsible for supporting TCAD for a wide range of applications including Power, Optoelectronics, Display, and more.

Thomas holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Who should attend:

Academics, engineers, material scientists, and management interested in physical simulations for any semiconductor technologies