Sigrity's 10.0 Release Information
June 13, 2010
The 10.0 production release is
available for immediate download for Windows and Linux
customers. Prominent in this release is the addition
of automated flexible reporting in HTML to provide a
convenient way to see, understand, and share simulation
Sign-off report available with PowerDC.
Users will see enhancements across
all Sigrity products. A summary of these capabilities
is listed below. We also now have a new product
available for production release coinciding with 10.0.
PowerDC Thermal analysis is available as a separately priced
option for PowerDC customers. This new capability
supports electrical / thermal co-simulation as a way to
pinpoint high-risk design problems.
Following is a quick feature summary.
10.0 production software is available for electronic download at
Sigrity's Customer Sign-In area (SPDNet). Primary user
contacts have account user name and password information.
Password retrieval is available at the site.
(10.0 Production Release)
Overall SpeedXP capability:
- Materials and stack-up handling ... Additional
information can be added to account for surface roughness,
trapezoidal trace profiles, and dielectric fill.
Overall handling of stack-up information is streamlined in
- User-customizable HTML reports ... Simplifies
results viewing and information sharing.
- Automated detection of associated nets ... Speeds
the detection of power rails to save time in power delivery
- TCL scripting enhancements ... Makes scripts
easier to use by adding pull-down options to the net manager
- HTML simulation report ... User-selectable views
support quick observation of peak value / time, curves of
interest, waveforms, and eye diagrams. The information
is dynamic and supports zooming.
- Power-aware IBIS models ... Increases efficiency
and is useful for SSO simulations. Sigrity is the
first EDA company to offer a commercial tool that supports
IBIS power-aware models.
- HTML simulation report ... Easy to see selected
ports and curves of interest. Default set up can be
- Faster display in spatial and resonance modes ...
Improvements in processing for the display of complex
spatial mode and resonance mode field plots.
- BNP free viewer support extended to Linux and 64-bit ...
Sigrity's broadband network parameter viewer provides
PowerSI style post processing.
- Electrical / thermal co-simulation ... A new option
is available for PowerDC that can assess the combined impact of
current density, component, and joule heating.
This provides a fast way to pinpoint reliability risks.
(Available as a separately priced upgrade.)
- Power loss identification ... Simplifies
understanding of power loss for individual layers or the
- Utilizing unequal current values ... Supports
spreadsheet import of current arrays. Current arrays
can be managed inside PowerDC with an automatically
calculated grid that can be flexibly adjusted to handle
unequal current levels.
- DC sign-off report / HTML simulation report ... A
focused report on DC sign-off makes it easy confirm targeted
thresholds are met for the entire design and on each layer.
Other HTML reports can be readily created and customized.
Channel Designer capability:
- Block sensitivity analysis ... Automated sweeps
determine the impact block-level shorts have on the entire
channel. Normalized Jitter Noise (NJN) is shown in
- IBM HSCDR support ... Enables simulations on
channels that incorporate IBM SERDES models as well as
models from other suppliers. User selectable model
parameters are supported.
- Transmission line editor ... Pre-layout support
for creating frequency-dependent, coupled TLine models.
Users can build W-element models. Models can be given
parameters or left open for Channel Designer's Sweep
Improvements to OptimizePI in the most recent production release:
- Optimizing decoupling capacitors without a layout ...
Using the best available information along with the
objective for the design, sophisticated results can be very
rapidly obtained. This gives nearly final results at
the earliest possible time.
- Simulation performance improvements ...
Time needed to characterize the power delivery network has
been reduced in ways that are beneficial in post-layout
- BOM Tuning ...
Additional features have been added to enable more
optimization on objectives targeting bill-of-materials
Improvements to XtractIM in the most recent production release:
- Total per pin inductance ... Support for a quick
total loading analysis and full net extraction. Return
current flow through all pins and nets is observed based on the current
pumped into a single pin on any net.
- New reporting options ...
Simplified way to display multi die branch parasitics.
A new crosstalk report is also available with user
- DXF important (targeting leadframe designs) ...
Enables basic graphical data to be brought into Sigrity's
environment for analysis. Includes some built in
XcitePI (4.3 Production)
Improvements to XcitePI in the most recent production release:
- Through Silicon Via (TSV) chip model extraction
support ... Comprehensive approach that provides pin
based circuit models with L and C matrices to handle mutual
- Simplified User Interface ... The XcitePI user
interface takes on the check-list style flow approach of
other Sigrity tools. It is also easier to generate the
power grid and circuit from scratch. Additional
support for what-if analysis changes is also included.
Unified Package Designer (9.1 Production)
Improvements to UPD in the newest production release:
- Leadframe design enhancements ... A new DXF
synthesis wizard enables creation of an intelligent UPD
package layout database. Automatic leadframe metal
creation features simplify rapid design.
design refinements ... The ends of wirebonds can be
moved independent of the pad. Automatic adjustments
can be made to wires that are moved from one bond finger to
another. It is easier to add bonding between multiple
Orbit IO (9.0 Production)
Improvements to OrbitIO in the newest production release:
- RDL routing ... Quickly produce DRC clean results
that can be exported to IC P&R tools. Enables fast
validation of routability and the quality of IO and bump pad
- New IOview function ... Provides highly
automated and rule-driven IO pad ring construction.