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Eldo Premier

Faster SPICE Accurate Circuit Simulation

Eldo Premier, Mentor’s new Faster-SPICE product, addresses the primary concerns of analog and mixed-signal designers, providing increased performance and capacity, especially for very large circuits, without sacrificing accuracy.

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Advanced Simulation Technology

Using sophisticated resolution techniques, Eldo Premier goes beyond the status quo to accelerate the transient simulation of large circuits both pre and post-layout without sacrificing accuracy. Producing the same "golden" results as Mentor's industry leading SPICE simulator, Eldo Classic.

Optimized for Single and Multi-Threaded Application

The acceleration of single-thread simulation is provided by new algebraic techniques for the resolution of the system of non-linear differential equations that analog simulators must solve. The acceleration of multi-threaded simulations is a consequence of the natively parallel code of the new Eldo Premier simulation kernel and its dedicated data structures. These two acceleration factors naturally combine to offer a very significant speed-up over Eldo Classic.

Dramatically Improve Design Team Productivity

Boosting performance over standard analog simulation can help in two ways. Critically important simulations that historically took a very long time to run, many times days or even weeks, can now be performed significantly faster (from 2.5x to 20x faster).

Improve Reliability and Yield

The raw simulation power of Eldo Premier can be used to run many more corners or operating conditions, providing design teams with the means to verify designs and/or analog IP blocks much more thoroughly. This can significantly improve the confidence in the design or IP before tapeout, with the goal of eliminating silicon re-spins, and improving manufacturing yield.

Target Applications

The new Eldo Premier simulator is optimized for applications that require CPU-intensive transient simulations, such as PLLs and DLLs, frequency synthesizers, delta-sigma converters, ADC/DAC audio and video converters, automotive circuits, DC-DC converters, regulators, power management circuits, memory critical paths analysis and TFTs.

Key Features and Benefits

Reliability

Eldo Premier produces the same industry proven, golden, SPICE accurate results as Eldo Classic.

Performance

Eldo Premier offers a 2.5x to 20x speed-up over traditional SPICE simulators.

Easy-to-Use/Adopt

With the same use model as Eldo Classic, Eldo Premier can easily be integrated into an existing customer signoff flow.

Capacity

Eldo Premier has 10x the capacity of traditional SPICE simulators.

Scalability

The natively parallel code improves performance on multi-core machines.

Superior Support

The only 5-star support in EDA.

A Closer Look at Eldo Premier

Boost Productivity Eldo Premier offers an average speed-up of 2.5x, and up to 20x, over traditional SPICE simulators, dramatically reducing the amount of time needed to complete simulation of complex IP macro-blocks or ICs.

Boost Productivity

Eldo Premier offers an average speed-up of 2.5x, and up to 20x, over traditional SPICE simulators, dramatically reducing the amount of time needed to complete simulation of complex IP macro-blocks or ICs.

Improve Yield and Reliability With Eldo Premier superior performance and 10x the capacity of traditional SPICE simulators, designers are able to perform many complex verification tasks (corner simulations, temperature sweeps, verify power supply and process corners, etc.) that were impossible and/or impractical with earlier solutions, resulting in a higher probability of first-pass silicon success.

Improve Yield and Reliability

With Eldo Premier superior performance and 10x the capacity of traditional SPICE simulators, designers are able to perform many complex verification tasks (corner simulations, temperature sweeps, verify power supply and process corners, etc.) that were impossible and/or impractical with earlier solutions, resulting in a higher probability of first-pass silicon success.

Waveform Analysis with EZwave The EZwave™ graphical post-processor is the natural companion of Eldo Premier for waveform analysis and post-processing. EZwave is extremely efficient for the manipulation of huge databases and can load gigabytes of data in seconds.

Waveform Analysis with EZwave

The EZwave™ graphical post-processor is the natural companion of Eldo Premier for waveform analysis and post-processing. EZwave is extremely efficient for the manipulation of huge databases and can load gigabytes of data in seconds.

“In the business of silicon-level innovation, development time is critical," said Steven Liu, special assistant of the Multimedia and Consumer Electronics Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "We evaluated Eldo Premier on a 40nm process using a PLL as the evaluation circuit and achieved a 4X speed improvement compared to Eldo Classic.” Read More

Steven Liu, special assistant of the Multimedia and Consumer Electronics Division, VIA Technologies, Inc

 
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