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Improving Complex System Design Reliability and Robustness



This live seminar describes how using model-based design can produce order-of-magnitude improvements in productivity and quality and help ensure the reliability and robustness of your next system design.

Complex systems require a unique design approach to ensure reliable and robust performance. A model-based design methodology provides a virtual system incubator for evaluating design ideas, analyzing parameter variability, optimizing costs, and jump-starting production. Using this approach, advanced individual component models overcome limitations in traditional approaches and account for manufacturing and environmental variations so that the integrated system model reflects the cumulative variability. Tolerance stack-ups can be evaluated, and reasonable performance margins verified, resulting in improved design reliability, and lower system and warranty costs.

This seminar showcases robust design methodologies for system development, focusing on statistical and parametric analysis methods (Monte Carlo, sensitivity, worst case) presented in the SystemVision multi-physics development environment from Mentor Graphics. SystemVision supports full-featured model development using both VHDL-AMS and SPICE formats, simulates systems at multiple levels of model abstraction, quantifies the effect of variation in component performance, and is fully integrated with the popular DxDesigner / Xpedition environment from Mentor Graphics.

What You Will Learn

  • Design techniques for reducing time to market and increasing system robustness
  • Specialized analysis methods, including parametric sweep, sensitivity, statistical, and worst case, for quantifying system performance due to variations in design parameters
  • System modeling options that enable accurate system analysis with improved simulation performance


About the Presenter

Presenter Image Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen has over 19 years of experience in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry, and has supported and trained engineers worldwide in system simulation and device modeling. He currently works as a Technical Marketing Engineer for Mentor Graphics®, Inc. supporting the SystemVision® simulator product line. Prior to working for Mentor Graphics, Mike held positions in aircraft systems support and lead engineering for the United States Air Force. He holds a BSEE from the University of Utah.

Who Should Attend

  • Project Managers tasked with reducing schedules while maintaining product quality
  • Managers of Software, Hardware & Test groups
  • System engineers responsible for defining complex functional requirements
  • Control engineers responsible for motion control system stability, reliability, and performance
  • System, software, or electrical engineers responsible for electro-mechanical system specification, design, and/or test
  • Engineering managers concerned about improving quality while reducing design-cycle time
  • Engineers and managers involved in developing manufacturing test environments for complex multi-domain systems
  • Engineers and managers involved in analog, digital, or mixed-signal design

Products Covered

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
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