EMA Design Automation (EMA) and AEi Systems have announced the latest version, 4.1, of the AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence PSpice simulator. “This update to the power IC model library will make it easier for our PSpice customers to obtain high quality bench tested models,” says Manny Marcano, President and CEO of EMA.
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.
Altium introduced a new Solidworks modeler for Altium Designer. The new application by ECAD / MCAD collaboration experts Desktop EDA is the result of Altium’s first add-on app development partnership. In addition, Altium is working with other developers to bring other apps to electronic designers and is targeting a wider release of the distribution and licensing system later this year.
Texas Instruments recently introduced the XDS200 JTAG emulator. The TI XDS200 can be used for hardware debugging, algorithm development and programming on TI’s embedded processors. The JTAG emulators support a USB connection to the host computer and work with 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. The TI XDS200 JTAG emulator with USB is available now for $295.
Cobham Technical Services launched version 16 of their Opera electromagnetics and multiphysics design software. The latest version of Vector Fields Software’s electromagnetic and multiphysics simulation software suite includes many new capabilities and enhancements. The tool helps engineers to accelerate analysis time. By harnessing the parallel processing capabilities of multi-core processors, computational time can be significantly reduced using Opera-3d version 16.
AVX released version two of their SpiTanIII tantalum and niobium oxide (Oxicap) capacitor simulation software. The tool helps electronic design engineers model and build stable, robust, and reliable designs. SpiTanIII V2.0 features a broadly expanded library of part numbers, new two-capacitor comparison tool, and increased user friendliness, such as the new button specifically dedicated to generating S-parameters. The latest version of SpiTanIII is available now.
Cadence Design Systems released new verification IP (VIP) models for the latest memory standards: LPDDR4, Wide I/O 2, eMMC 5.0, HMC and DDR4 LRDIMM. LPDDR4 and Wide I/O 2 are key new standards for memory interfaces, and the availability of memory models will help designers to take advantage of the new standards quickly.
Cadence Design Systems introduced a new SpeedBridge Adapter for PCIe 3.0. The adapter provides easy bring-up and fast debug of PCIe-based designs when used with a Cadence Palladium Verification Computing Platform, and is backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0-, 1.1- and 1.0a-based designs. The Cadence SpeedBridge Adapter for PCIe 3.0 is available now.
Altium announced new component libraries for board-level designs using Maxim Integrated devices. The new releases include board-level component models and corresponding supply chain information, such as real-time price and availability data from distributors and vendors including Digi-Key, Mouser and Farnell, directly to designers using Altium’s electronics design software, Altium Designer.
PragmaDev released the results of their recent UML survey. According to their research, UML modeling technology usage is expected to decrease for the third year in a row. However, the effective usage of UML has been slightly growing from 65% in 2011, to 70% in 2012, up to 71% this year. These two trends mostly indicate UML has reached peaked and is about to start its decline.