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SystemVision 5.10

It is official: SystemVision 5.10 is finished and available for download from SupportNet. Even though this release took a bit longer than normal to complete, I believe the wait is worth it. Key among the new features are the following:

Schematic symbol toolbar: Prior to SystemVision 5.10, placing symbols in a schematic required opening either SystemVision’s Search/Place Symbols dialog or DxDataBook to first access the symbol library. While both methods are easy to use, opening either tool is just an extra step between users and creating a schematic. Enter the new SystemVision symbol toolbar. This new toolbar displays quick access buttons for several commonly used electronic components (think passives, diodes, transistors, opamps) and signal sources. To place a symbol, just click the button for the desired part to attach the symbol to your cursor, then move the cursor into your schematic to place the part. Want quick access to parts that do not appear in the toolbar? No problem: you can customize the toolbar to access any symbol from the SystemVision library.

Model Wizard: While models are the key to any simulation, a suitable model can also be hard to find or create. To help you develop your own model from a variety of data sources, SystemVision 5.10 introduces our new Model Wizard. This wizard helps you parameterize an existing SystemVision model to meet a simulation need, or create a model using a new VHDL-AMS, SPICE, or datasheet data source. The wizard walks you through the process, from selecting your model source, to creating a schematic symbol and connecting it to the model, to saving the new model and symbol to a project or shared library. Model Wizard sets a new standard for wizard-based, multi-physics simulation model development.

Datasheet Model Builder: Most electronic components have some sort of datasheet giving detailed information about the performance of the device. It is not always easy, however, to turn the datasheet details into a working simulation model. Why? Because you have to have a device model whose parameters match those in the datasheet. Datasheet Model Builder (DMB) is a new GUI-based tool for parameterizing datasheet-specific VHDL-AMS based models already in the SystemVision model library. The DMB user interface looks similar to a datasheet for the device, so you can take parameter values directly from datasheet tables and enter them in the DMB tables. The result is a new simulation model and symbol for the device. DMB currently supports modeling for standard passive components (resistors, capacitors, inductors), diodes, opamps, MOSFETs, Linear regulators, and transmission lines. We plan to add support for more devices in future releases.

In addition to these and other new features, Engineering addressed 70+ improvement requests, delivering on our continued commitment to develop and support functionality and features requested by the SystemVision user community.

For more release details, visit the SystemVision 5.10 download page at SupportNet, our award winning customer service website, to review the latest release notes. Better yet, contact your local Mentor Graphics field team or leave a comment and I will respond.

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Mike JensenMost career paths rooted in high technology take many interesting (and often rewarding) twists and turns. Mine has certainly done just that. After graduating in electrical engineering from the University of Utah (go Utes!), I set off to explore the exciting, multi-faceted high tech industry. My career path since has wound its way from aircraft systems engineering for the United States Air Force, to over two decades in applications engineering and technical marketing for leading design automation software companies, working exclusively with mechatronic system modeling and analysis tools. Along the way, I’ve worked with customers in a broad range of industries and technologies including transportation, communications, automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, computers, and consumer electronics; all-in-all a very interesting, rewarding, and challenging ride. In my current gig, I work on technical marketing projects for Mentor Graphics' SystemVision product line. And in my spare time I dream up gadgets and gizmos, some even big enough to qualify as systems, that I hope someday to build -- providing I can find yet a little more of that increasingly elusive spare time. Visit Mike Jensen's Blog

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