When two tools are joined by the communications services provided by an OS, such as message passing, the performance tends to be terrible if there is any significant amount of traffic between the two tools. When a single vendor owns both tools, there are much better ways to do it. But Synopsys and Sigrity have just unveiled a case that breaks the rules. They have accelerates signal integrity simulation of high-speed systems through cooperation. In the latest release of the HSPICE® circuit simulator, Synopsys has employed in-memory communication to deliver deeper integration with Sigrity's signal integrity analysis offerings. In addition, the HSPICE 2011.09 release provides enhanced multi-core simulation performance, improved accuracy in statistical eye-diagram analysis, and new multi-core enabled S-parameter and W-element analysis. The combined Synopsys and Sigrity solution offers up to 3X faster simulation of signal and power integrity analysis of multi-gigahertz designs.
Sigrity's solutions are used with HSPICE for signal, power integrity and electromagnetic interference analysis of high-speed boards, packages and integrated circuits. Sigrity tools generate interconnect models in either a traditional format or in Sigrity's Broadband Network Parameter (BNP) format, which contains richer frequency domain data in a compact format. HSPICE 2011.09 has been enhanced to support the BNP format using a unique API that facilitates direct in-memory communication between HSPICE and Sigrity's electromagnetic solver, improving simulation throughput, accuracy and convergence.
HSPICE Special Interest Group Event Synopsys will host an HSPICE Special Interest Group (SIG) dinner on January 31, 2012 at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel. At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Synopsys HSPICE R&D personnel, as well as select HIP partners, including Sigrity. During the dinner, attendees will hear what technical representatives from Altera, Broadcom, Cavium and Micron have to say about using HSPICE in some of today's most challenging designs. Circuit designers and managers interested in attending this event can register online at www.hspice.com.
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