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The new release of the Spectre® X Simulator (Spectre 19.1) enables large-scale verification simulation for complex analog, RF, and mixed-signal blocks and subsystems, while maintaining the golden accuracy expected of the Spectre simulation family. The new Spectre Xplored blog series will include posts on new features in the Spectre X Simulator platform and tips on how to use them. Stay tuned for more to come!
For a while now, the electronic design community has been missing a key piece of technology to handle the ever-expanding size of analog and RF ICs and systems. Traditional SPICE simulators, normally used to ensure accuracy, were having trouble simulating the massive increases in both devices and post-layout parasitics. In addition, they were deficient in handling the new architectures that were becoming more popular. Even though traditional FastSPICE simulators could handle the new capacity needs, unfortunately, their accuracy level was not acceptable to analog designers.
Cadence® recently introduced the new Spectre® X Simulator, which is an ideal solution for these design problems. The new Spectre X Simulator is specifically geared for simulation of massive amounts of data paired with the high level of accuracy designers expect.
Based on the same golden Spectre accuracy customers have experienced for over 30 years, the Spectre X Simulator is a massively parallel circuit simulator that delivers 3X to 10X performance gains and can solve 5X larger designs, enabling designers to effectively simulate circuits containing millions of transistors and billions of parasitics in a post-layout verification flow.
The Spectre X Simulator includes internal optimization techniques for device modeling and post-layout simulation. It also leverages modern compute hardware to perform scalable, massively distributed simulations that reduce simulation time from days to hours.
With the new abilities provided by the Spectre X Simulator, engineers can now analyze designs that previously could only be estimated through abstractions, circuit partitioning, extreme parasitic reductions, and hope! In addition, with numerous endorsements from customers verifying the performance gain and accuracy, the Spectre X Simulator is uniquely equipped to handle the challenges of verifying the performance of circuits for emerging designs.
About Spectre Xplored Blog Series
The Spectre X Simulator (Spectre 19.1) enables large-scale verification simulation for complex analog, RF, and mixed-signal blocks and subsystems, while maintaining the golden accuracy expected of the Spectre simulation family. The Spectre X Simulator can perform massively distributed simulation workloads for greater speed and capacity. Paired with our comprehensive Custom IC solution portfolio, we can provide the most interoperable flow across chip, package, module and board in the industry.
The Spectre Xplored blog series includes posts on tips and features of the new Spectre X Simulator. Enter your email address in the Subscription box at the top of the page to receive notifications about our Spectre Xplored posts.