EM simulator broadens antenna capabilities

The updated schematic editor within Remcom’s XFdtd 3D EM simulation software now supports diplex matched antennas. It also features new efficiencies to streamline antenna design workflows and shorten design cycles. XFdtd’s schematic editor combines matching network analysis with full-wave results. This makes the simulation tool well-suited for complex antenna designs involving multi-state and multi-port aperture … Read more

Ansys updates physics-based simulation software

New capabilities in Ansys 2022 R2 provide improved simulation accuracy, GPU solver advances, and AI/ML optimization to meet tough design challenges. Open workflows enhance collaboration and increase productivity across multiple engineering disciplines and industries, all in a scalable platform. Ansys Maxwell 2022 R2 electromechanical device analysis software provides reduced-order models for induction machines with improved … Read more

IC power integrity tool improves productivity

The Cadence Voltus-XFi custom electromigration and IR drop (EM-IR) software eases the design of efficient, low-power ICs. Seamlessly integrated with the company’s Quantus extraction tool, Virtuoso design environment, and Spectre simulator, Voltus-XFi can enhance productivity by as much as three times versus existing solutions. The transistor-level EM-IR tool delivers foundry-supported SPICE-level accuracy for power integrity … Read more

RF design collaboration streamlines 5G/6G SoC development

Synopsys offers an RF design reference flow and companion design solutions kit that speed design closure on Samsung Foundry’s 8-nm FinFET process. The 8-nm RF design reference flow, which tightly integrates software from Synopsys and Ansys, enhances time-to-results, quality-of results, and cost-of-results for advanced-node RF designs in 5G/6G applications. Sangyun Kim, corporate vice president of … Read more

Multiphysics simulation platform supports TSMC design flow

Ansys has collaborated with TSMC to ease the simulation and modeling of EM interactions on wireless ICs manufactured by TSMC. The Ansys multiphysics simulation platform works with TSMC’s N6RF Design Reference Flow for designing RF chips based on the TSMC N6 fabrication process. Ansys RaptorX, Exalto, VeloceRF, and Totem platforms are enabled throughout the TSMC … Read more

How EDA workloads inside the cloud reinvigorate chip design

The semiconductor industry’s journey to the cloud is now reaching the next destination: IC design companies choosing to host their EDA workloads in the cloud. Cadence’s announcement about the OnCloud SaaS and e-commerce platform powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the latest reminder of a major shift in which semiconductor design is steadily moving … Read more

Pitfalls of mixing formal and simulation: How to stay out of trouble

Driven by the need to objectively measure the progress of their verification efforts and the contributions of different verification techniques, IC designers have adopted coverage as a metric. However, what exactly is being measured is different depending on the underlying verification technology in use. In Part 1, we outlined the textbook definitions of simulation and … Read more

Four ways to build a CAD flow: In-house design to custom-EDA tool

An internal computer aided design (CAD) or design services engineer is responsible for delivering efficient, robust and high-quality design flow solutions. The design flow on a day-to-day basis keeps chip designers and verification engineers productive and focused on their jobs, preventing them from debugging CAD tools and flows and creating ad hoc and undocumented scripts. … Read more

The pitfalls of mixing formal and simulation: Examples of the trouble

Driven by the need to objectively measure the progress of their verification efforts and the contributions of different verification techniques, IC designers have adopted coverage as a metric. However, what exactly is being measured is different depending on the underlying verification technology in use. In Part 1 we outlined the textbox definitions of simulation and … Read more

Partnership accelerates power system design

Analog Devices, in collaboration with Synopsys, will provide power-device model libraries for the Synopsys SaberRD system simulation tool. The addition of ADI’s component models, including DC/DC ICs and µModule regulators, enables comprehensive power-management modeling for automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications. Using SaberRD, powertrain designers for such products as EVs, avionic machines, instrumentation, and supercomputers can … Read more