Voltus-XFi Custom Power Integrity tool triples productivity, says Cadence

A custom electromigration and IR drop (EM-IR) tool, the Voltus-XFi, requires minimal tuning enables the development of efficient, low-power ICs, said Cadence. It can be seamlessly integrated into the Cadence Quantus, Virtuoso and Spectre platforms. Customers can experience over three times productivity improvement compared with existing options, claimed the company.

Voltus-XFi allows customers to extract, simulate, analyse and debug IC designs. Using foundry-recommended settings, the consolidated EM-IR cockpit offers customers a workflow from the Quantus Extraction Solution to Spectre EM-IR simulation to the Virtuoso environment. The intuitive EM-IR results browser allows customers to view violations, zoom into areas of interest and overlay results in the Virtuoso platform, to identify and fix any violations.

Through integration with Cadence’s Voltus IC Power Integrity, customers using Voltus-XFi have access to a seamless flow for full chip sign-off verification. The patented voltage-based method provides a smaller memory footprint and runs faster than the industry’s traditional current-based method. This automatically balances accuracy and performance trade offs based on user specifications, explained Cadence. There is also support for a distributed process to further improve runtime performance.

The introduction is part of the company’s drive to enable “new and revolutionary capabilities for power reduction in low power, sustainable electronics, said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC and PCB Group at Cadence. “To ensure our customers can push the boundaries of low-power design, we are developing fast and accurate power analysis tools, such as . . . Voltus-XFi . . . that enables new and revolutionary capabilities for power reduction,” he continued. 

Cadence specialises in electronic systems design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP. Cadence customers deliver a range of electronic products from chips to boards to complete systems for the most dynamic market applications, including hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, mobile, aerospace, consumer, industrial and healthcare. 

Cadence will be exhibiting at the Design Automation conference 2022 (DAC) in San Francisco, California (10 to 14 July). Visit Cadence at booths 1511 and 1357.


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