Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Gyeonggi-do, KR)

It is an integrated circuit comprising at least one cell. The at-least one of the cells has first and second active regions separated from one another and a dummy region that is positioned between the two active regions, and at least one first active fin disposed within the first active region , and that extends in a first direction with at least one second active fin that extends across the first direction for the entire second active region and an active gate line running in a second direction that is nearly perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the active gate line extends vertically over the first active region and the dummy region but doesn’t vertically cover the second active region.

1. Technical Field

The inventive concepts refer to an integrated circuit and more specifically an integrated circuit which includes at least one standard cells and the standard library of standard cells that store information on at least one standard cell.

2. Description of Related Art

Due to development of the technology of semiconductor processing the size of transistors has been diminished, and a significant number of transistors are integrated into an electronic device. System-on-chips, also known as an integrated circuit (IC) that combines all of the components of a computer and other electronic systems is utilized extensively in various applications. As performance increases it is becoming more desirable to have a semiconductor device that includes an increased number of components is preferred.

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