Cadence Design Systems launched the Spectre XPS (eXtensive Partitioning Simulator). The high-performance FastSPICE simulator delivers faster and more comprehensive simulation for large, complex chip designs. The Spectre XPS FastSPICE simulator features next generation algorithms that deliver the simulation accuracy and performance required to reduce the risks of developing cutting-edge differentiated designs.
Spectre eXtensive Partitioning Simulator (XPS) Features
- Event-driven, multi-rate simulation
- Advanced model reduction technology
- Advanced static and dynamic checking
The Cadence Spectre XPS simulator features partitioning technology that brings up to 10X faster throughput compared to competitive offerings. This reduces simulation from weeks to days. Spectre XPS uniquely enables designers to accurately measure timing while including the impact of IR drop. This makes it ideal for advanced-node, low-power mobile designs, where high performance, accuracy and a greater capacity for post-layout verification are imperatives.
Spectre XPS is built on the Cadence Spectre simulation platform. The tool offers the easy re-use of models, stimulus, analysis and overall methodology. This reduces support costs while improving time to production. The unified Spectre simulation platform spans SPICE, advanced SPICE, RF and FastSPICE, enabling easy transition across analysis and flows; Spectre XPS integrates into the Virtuoso Analog Design Environment for mixed-signal design, and into the Liberate MX memory characterization tool for SRAM memory characterization.
The faster throughput of Spectre XPS helps design teams conduct more thorough and accurate simulations for large memory-intensive designs, as well as low-power architectures that require greater visibility into parasitics. In addition to improvements in throughput, the new simulator requires two to three times less system memory than competitive offerings, improving compute resources utilization.