Magma Design Automation introduced their SystemNav tool. SystemNav extends CAD navigation and circuit debug from integrated circuits (ICs) to stacked die, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and multichip modules (MCMs). The next-generation tool offers comprehensive capabilities, including localizing and tracing faults to, from and through commonly used stacked dies. SystemNav reduces the time required for fault isolation and root cause analysis.
SystemNav integrates multiple, interactive IC and PCB online trace and circuit debugging with CAD navigation. The tool enables rapid signal traces on chips, stacked dies and MCMs and PCBs. With SystemNav, fab teams can trace signals from chip to board, back to chip and then quickly navigate failure analysis tools to X, Y locations to determine the root cause of the fault.
SystemNav uses Magma’s Camelot IC CAD navigation and circuit debug to trace signals between the chip and the board. Its framework is both extensible and modular enabling many new features and functions, such as 3D cross-sectioning and schematic cross mapping. SystemNav reads PCB and chip layout formats and displays them graphically. Formats supported include OASIS, Virtuoso, Gerber, GDSII and AutoCAD Drawing Exchange Format (DXF). Chip layouts are loaded from the Camelot database.
For every chip on the board, the designer can invoke both SystemNav and Camelot’s MaskView. This enables the engineer to seamlessly move from an intra-die chip view of the layout and netlists using MaskView to a macro view of a signal trace from die to board using SystemNav, making fault tracing and diagnostics much easier.
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