Siemens enter the IC power analysis market with mPower software

Power integrity software from Siemens is claimed to be the only power integrity analysis software available for analogue, digital and mixed-signal IC designs of any size. mPower helps IC designers dramatically boost quality, enhance reliability and speed time to market through accelerated power integrity analysis cycles, says Siemens Digital Industries Software.

The IC power integrity verification software provides virtually unlimited scalability for analogue, digital, and mixed-signal ICs, enabling comprehensive power, electromigration (EM) and voltage drop (IR) analysis for large IC designs.

mPower software delivers power integrity analysis for all versions of 2D designs, in addition to 2.5/3D IC implementations at any scale. It also integrates into existing design flows easily, adds Siemens. mPower can help IC designers to quickly and thoroughly verify designs to meet power-related design goals.

Analog ICs convert physical, data such as sound, motion and video into digital form, and they are increasingly critical to consumer electronics, autonomous vehicles, IoT designs. Siemens explains how mPower replaces rough static analysis and SPICE simulation of select nets to deliver simulation-based EM/IR analysis on large blocks and chips. Customers using mPower have seen overall runtime improvements compared with their current solution, ranging from two times faster to actually completing first-pass EM/IR analysis of large analogue IP blocks, which was previously impossible, reports Siemens.

Siemens’ digital mPower scalable EM/IR engines also provide analysis for all-digital IC designs. This integrates into existing design flows, provides power analysis functionality and requires low per-machine memory into complete verification of even the largest digital design, says the company.

“Before using mPower, we could not do a single-run full chip EM/IR analysis on our 1000+ core 64-bit RISC-V AI chip,” said Darren Jones, vice president of VLSI at AI computer developer, Esperanto. “Using mPower enables us to run our 24-billion transistor 7nm AI chip on our server farm with fewer resources,“ he adds.

The mPower power integrity joins Siemens‘ electro-physical signoff suite addressing power, performance, and reliability analysis which also includes Calibre PERC reliability software, PowerPro software, HyperLynx software, and the Analog FastSPICE platforms.

“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. He believes mPower provides a fast, scalable dynamic analysis option for analogue, digital and mixed-signal layouts of any size, as well as silicon-proven accuracy and fast turns for even the largest digital chips, he says.”

Siemens’ mPower power integrity analysis solution for analog, digital and mixed-signal IC designs is available now.

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