Power integrity solution for all IC designs of any size

September 29, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Power integrity solution for all IC designs of any size
Automation and digitalization company Siemens Digital Industries Software has introduced new power integrity software for analog, digital and mixed signal IC designs.

The mPower power integrity software is offered as the industry's first and only IC power integrity verification solution to provide virtually unlimited scalability for analog, digital, and mixed signal ICs, enabling comprehensive power, electromigration (EM) and voltage drop (IR) analysis for even the largest IC designs. The software delivers power integrity analysis for all versions of 2D designs, in addition to 2.5/3D IC implementations at any scale, and it easily integrates into existing design flows.

Using mPower, says the company, IC designers can more quickly and thoroughly verify that their designs meet power-related design goals - capabilities that can help IC customers dramatically boost quality, enhance reliability and speed time to market.

"Design companies must run both block and full-chip EM/IR analysis to confirm that the power grid delivers the necessary current to the devices, and that wires will not fail prematurely," says Joe Sawicki, executive vice president for Siemens' IC EDA Segment. "With our innovative mPower solution, companies now have a fast, scalable dynamic analysis option for analog, digital and mixed signal layouts of any size, as well as silicon-proven accuracy and fast turns for even the largest digital chips."

For analog IC designers, mPower replaces rough static analysis and SPICE simulation of select nets with a new, dynamic solution that delivers highly accurate, simulation-based EM/IR analysis on the largest blocks and chips. Customers using mPower, says the company, have seen overall runtime improvements vs. their current solution, ranging from 2X faster to actually completing first-pass EM/IR analysis of large analog IP blocks, which was previously impossible.

New digital mPower scalable EM/IR engines also provide "no compromise" analysis for all-digital IC designs. The digital solution easily integrates into existing design flows, provides "world-class" power analysis functionality, and requires low per-machine memory – all while allowing designers to complete verification for even the largest digital designs.

The mPower power integrity solution completes the company's overall electro-physical signoff suite addressing power,

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