Siemens extends Symphony Pro to address mixed signal IC verification 

At the Design Automation Conference in San Francisco, California, this week, Siemens has announced Symphony Pro, a mixed-signal simulation platform which is claimed to accelerate mixed-signal verification and help boost productivity 

Symphony Pro extends the mixed-signal verification capabilities of Siemens’ Symphony platform to support new and advanced Accellera standardised verification methodologies. It features an intuitive visual debug cockpit, resulting in productivity improvements of up to 10X compared to legacy solutions, claimed Siemens.   

Driven by demands for next-generation automotive, imaging, IoT, 5G, computing and storage applications which require greater analogue and mixed-signal content in SoCs, Siemens’s Symphony Pro platform is built on Siemens’ Symphony and Questa Visualizer platforms and extends the rapid deployment of industry-standard universal verification methodology (UVM) and unified power format (UPF) driven low-power techniques into the mixed signal domain with fast simulation performance in a unified environment.

Mixed-signal circuits are used when integrating the analogue signal chain with the digital-front end (DFE) in 5G massive-MIMO radios, digital RF sampling data converters in radar systems, image sensors combining analogue pixel read-out circuits with digital image signal processing or feeding data centre computing resources with more data using advanced mixed-signal circuits to deliver PAM4 signalling, explained Siemens. 

Modern mixed-signal SoCs integrate analogue circuits with logic gates operating at very high clock speeds. This high frequency bi-directional signal flow at the boundary of analogue and digital pushes the limit of manual debug methodologies impacting the overall time to results. Symphony Pro Visualizer MS environment offers a seamless debug experience across the entire mixed-signal design hierarchy with comprehensive analysis, automation, and ease-of-use for increased productivity. 

Symphony Pro combines Siemens’ AFS, Questa and Visualizer technologies for a unified mixed-signal verification, added the company.

Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organisations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. 

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