Design for manufacturability
Design for manufacturability (DFM) is a means of proactively addressing product issues early in the design cycle. DFM provides a means for integrating specific manufacturing concerns into a product's design to obtain a product that is easier to manufacture with excellent overall quality.
Intel utilizes this system because:
- It is a proactive system aimed at resolving issues early in the product development cycle.
- Not all process/layout interactions can be covered or anticipated by design rules.
- Manufacturability improvements are dynamic, and new learning is included as a technology evolves.
- Late introduction of new design rules into an existing technology is difficult due to the critical mass of existing design collateral and a lengthy assessment and/or qualification process.
The diagram below illustrates how DFM guidelines from current technology may end up being design rules on the next technology: