Beaverton, Ore., Raleigh, N.C.--June 15, 1998--Analogy, Inc. (Beaverton) and Microcosm Technologies, Inc. (Raleigh) announced a significant technology agreement and a new product, AutoMM/Saber, which bridges the gap between traditional EDA and Mechanical Design Automation (MDA) tools for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) design. Leveraging the strengths of Microcosms 3D MEMCAD finite element modeling (FEM) design environment and Analogy's Mast HDL, AutoMM/Saber was specifically developed for the generation of Saber-compatible models for devices such as accelerometers and gyros. The AutoMM FEM- to- HDL technology has been in development at Microcosm Technologies for the last two years in a DARPA- funded collaboration with Analog Devices to provide system simulation capabilities for their popular ADXL family of automotive airbag accelerometers.
AutoMM/Saber uniquely incorporates the accuracy of FEM models into fast and flexible system simulations using the Saber simulator. AutoMM/Saber enables MEMS designers to build rich and accurate libraries of MAST models formodels MEMSfor MEMS components and subsystems by providing model generators and support for automatic links between the two tool suites. This is accomplished by reducing complex 3D MEMCAD FEM models into fast, time and frequency-dependent MAST models. These models exhibit physically correct behavior, verified by 3D physical simulation, and enable the co-design and simulation of MEMS components with on-chip or external IC subsystems.
A simulator such as Saber is well suited for circuit and system-level simulations of devices such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. Top-down design is the most effective methodology for the design of complex mixed-technology systems-on-a-chip. Saber provides libraries of mixed-technology models that simplify the task of top-down design.However, bottom-up verification requires a connection to the physical design. For purely electronic design, this can be accomplished with layout to schematic verification. For MEMS devices, this requires more sophisticated technology, which is typically not found in standard EDA tools.
AutoMM/Saber is available today on Unix for $15,000 from Microcosm Technologies.
Microcosm Technologies, Inc.
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