Cadence upgrades FastSPICE with mixed-signal design support
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has upgraded its FastSPICE simulator with a transistor-level mixed-signal design support. This upgrade is expected to enable faster and more comprehensive simulation for large and complex designs.
The Spectre XPS (eXtensive Partitioning Simulator) was introduced in 2013. It boasts a throughput ten times faster than previous SPICE solutions, and promises to shorten simulation from weeks to days. (See FastSPICE simulator boasts up to 10X throughput.)
The platform addresses the complexities and verification challenges in mixed-signal designs including those associated with phase-locked loops, analogue-to-digital converters, logic, and power management. The upgrade enables complete re-use of existing Spectre methodology, PDKs, models, and commands; as well as provide a seamless methodology for making the accuracy/performance trade-off.
The proprietary partitioning technology of the platform improves performance while maintaining the accuracy required. It automatically solves the sensitive blocks of the circuit with a higher level of accuracy while accelerating the less sensitive areas, thereby optimising performance and accuracy.
Spectre XPS with mixed signal support is currently available in limited production and is scheduled to be in full production in Q4 2014.