PCB West Conference, Santa Clara, Calif.--March 23, 1998--Veribest, Inc. (Boulder, Colo.) announced the launch of its Discovery Series, a tool suite that addresses high-speed design from design concept through manufacturing output. Veribest Signal Vision, the latest tool in this suite to be released, is a part of the product family designed to increase the productivity and overall design process of boards with fast clocks and device rise times. Veribest Signal Vision increases the engineer's productivity by moving the more tedious high-speed design tasks to an earlier point in the design process cycle, while making analysis available throughout the design process. Veribest Signal Vision is fully integrated with Veribest Design Capture, Veribest PCB,Veribest PCB Viewer, and Veribest PCB Planner, so design and analysis iteration can be made during, rather than after, the design process, resulting in a design that closely matches the intended result. Veribest PCB Planner, Veribest PCB Viewer, and Veribest Signal Analyzer compose the other components of the Discovery Series.
Integrity and performance issues introduced by high-speed design demand an overlap of responsibilities between engineers and designers that in turn requires a tightly integrated multidiscipline tool environment. Over one-half of board designs have 10 to 50 ICs on them with package pin counts over 500, further intensifying density problems and noise between signals.
As speeds increase, so do design iterations to solve the associated effects. To help ensure that design requirements, cost constraints, and time-to-market windows are met, engineers have overlapped with designers in the early phases of the PCB design cycle. At the same time, designers have had to become proficient in high-speed concepts so they can layout the boards according to the rules and constraints set by the engineers. Veribest's Discovery Series supports these diverse design methodologies, allowing designers to work closely with engineers from rule definition through final layout. The engineer's role during layout can range from a restricted view ofthe design in progress, to full editing tools for placement and routing of critical components and nets.
Veribest Signal Vision provides the engineer the opportunity to do "what-if" analysis in the conceptual design stage. This stage is typically design-independent and results in some basic rules and topologies that can be used for multiple designs.
Veribest Signal Vision links to Veribest Design Capture, allowing signals to be selected and simulated. Design specific rules can be defined at this stage and additional components, such as terminators, can be added.
Throughout the layout process, a snapshot of the design can be reviewed. If performance is still not meeting expectations, design changes can be recommended to the designer.
Veribest Signal Vision is available now with release VB98.0a. Starting cost is $18,000.
In addition to Veribest Signal Vision, Veribest PCB Viewer, a read-only display environment used to review design layouts produced with Veribest PCB, is now available starting at $2,000. Veribest PCB Planner can be used with Veribest Signal Vision to update old designs and review them for manufacturability and performance. Veribest PCB Planner is now available starting at $12,000.
Veribest Signal Analyzer, a transmission line simulator providing quick, accurate results during the layout stage, is tightly integrated with Veribest PCB, Veribest PCBViewer, and Veribest PCB Planner, and is included within Veribest Signal Vision. It is currently available starting at $12,000.
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