SAN JOSE, Calif. Ansoft Corp. said the latest version of AnsoftLinks tool streamlines data flow from EDA vendor software to its products.
Version 3 includes a new translator for Mentor Graphics Expedition, and an enhanced link to Cadence Virtuoso for improved geometry export and solid modeling, Ansoft said.
The tool is designed to help engineers transfer their IC, board and package designs to Ansoft's products for analysis, verification and to optimize electromagnetic-associated performance characteristics such as ringing,
reflection, ground bounce, simultaneous switching noise and intersymbol interference.
The ability to reuse existing layouts saves time and cuts cost while avoiding user-introduced errors associated with manual design entry, the company claimed.
The new version also includes features aimed at improving the robustness and repeatability of layout translations, including native project generation.
It also includes faster model generation time, more efficient mesh and model sizes, automated and manual geometry defeaturing, negative layer support, mirrored and polygonal pad support and automatic generation of supply-plane clipping extents, the company said.