Zuken and SiSoft unite to provide multi-gigabit design and analysis solutions
WESTFORD, Mass. – Zuken and SiSoft have united to deliver solutions for complex high-speed designs and multi-gigabit applications.
By integrating SiSoft’s advanced signal integrity solutions for state-of-the-art, high-speed digital system design with Zuken’s 3D multi-board, system-level platform, the two companies will provide a combined design and verification flow. The companies will initially focus on integration between Zuken’s CR-8000 tool suite and SiSoft’s Quantum Channel Designer® and Quantum-SI™ tools.
“We see high-speed interfaces, such as PCI-Express, IEEE802.3, DDR3 and DDR4, continue to expand in applications across industries such as smartphone/tablet, automotive, defense/mil-aero, telecom, computer, and storage. At the same time, design teams are struggling to meet stringent timelines using disconnected tools. Our collaboration with SiSoft will help design teams manage their work concurrently and intelligently,” Humair Mandavia, Executive Director of the SOZO Center, Zuken’s R&D facility in Silicon Valley, said.
“SiSoft’s IBIS-AMI models provide plug-and-play simulation of serializer/deserializer (SerDes) behavior using commercial EDA tools. They include conventional analog and algorithmic (compiled code) components which support both statistical and time-domain channel simulations running orders of magnitude faster than traditional SPICE models (up to 1 million bits/minute). This allows designers to explore large design spaces during pre-route analysis and perform comprehensive post-route validation,” Barry Katz, President and CTO of SiSoft, said.
Integration support for CR-8000 and CR-5000
The increased need for active equalization circuitry in multi-gigabit serial links, and the growing utilization of DDR2, DDR3 and DDR4 parallel bus technology, are driving the requirement to integrate timing, signal integrity and crosstalk analysis. The Zuken/SiSoft combination provides true high-speed design closure for system, FPGA and ASIC designs. SiSoft’s tools support the mixed use of transistor-level HSPICE, IBIS and IBIS-AMI models for signal integrity simulations.
Quantum Channel Designer and Quantum-SI tools will exchange accurate geometry and electrical information with both CR-8000 Design Force and CR-5000 Board Designer. The Zuken/SiSoft flow supports analysis and verification to help reduce input errors and eliminate geometric approximations. With this combination, the user will be able to analyze specific sections of the board, specific nets, or the entire design.