Specialty foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd., which markets under the name TowerJazz, said Thursday it is partnering with Rachip. The partnership will provide Tower with external solutions and services to assist its customers with computeraided design (CAD), quality assurance (QA) and run-set development, it said.Rachip specializes in design, verification, design-rule check, and back-end and layout services using advanced methodologies in different environments and technologies. The Rachip team is comprised of haredi female engineers in Israel.Tower prides itself on promoting gender equality, with close to 50 percent of all fulltime engineers in Migdal Ha’emek being female.Tower said one focus of this partnership is design-rule check, which is in the area of electronic design automation. It determines whether the physical layout of a particular chip layout satisfies a series of recommended parameters called design rules.“The partnership between TowerJazz and Rachip provides a mutual advantage for both companies as well as for Israeli society,” Tower director or design, enablement and support Ofer Tamir said. “In addition, based on our service charter, ‘Educational and vocational development with a focus on gender equality and minority integration,’ our current relationship with Rachip is a prime example of our commitment to this as well as a demonstration of the benefit of such an endeavor. We are gaining a very skilled set of design engineers to supplement our own world-class engineering team.”The Rachip team is based on 100 semiconductor experts, located in two R&D centers in Bnei Brak and Haifa. The Rachip team is involved in the industry’s most advanced projects, ensuring they are continually updated on the latest technologies, methods and tools available, Tower said.