Triad Semiconductor and Mentor Graphics Work Together to Provide Solutions for Low-Cost Mixed-Signal Design to Implementation
Triad Semiconductor’s ViaDesigner enables system-level engineers, who have no previous IC design experience, to design their own mixed-signal configurable ASICs (ViaASICs™). This new approach to IC design is built on the capabilities of SystemVision, which seamlessly merges design capture, SPICE simulation, digital simulation, and high-level VHDL-AMS behavioral modeling into a unified design flow. This unique approach to ASIC design reduces development cost/time and is easier and less risky than traditional full-custom IC design.
Collaboration between NI and Mentor Graphics Offers Concurrent Design and Test Development Flows and Earlier (Virtual) System Integration and Test
The combined power of the SystemVision conneXion multi-discipline collaboration environment with NI LabVIEW, the industry’s leading graphical system design and test software, allows test program development to proceed without waiting for physical prototypes. With this solution, test program developers can not only deliver ready-to-go product tests, they can also provide test-oriented feedback to the design teams. SystemVision conneXion provides a virtual prototyping of the entire system, while LabVIEW implements test program development and execution.
FEA Software Companies Provide Accurate Motor Models for SystemVision Simulations
As a design progresses from concept down into implementation, it becomes helpful to have accurate motor models for detailed simulation. SystemVision provides high level motor models, which can be used as a starting point for developing a design concept in a top-down design approach. However, more realistic models are needed for high-fidelity design. Therefore, we have partnered with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software companies, JMAG and Infolytica. These companies can turn customized physical motor specifications into VHDL-AMS models that can be simulated in SystemVision.
Expanding its business in the field of computer-aided engineering, the JSOL Corporation offers JMAG, which allows advancement of motor technology that enables high-performance and miniaturization of a motor, plus electromagnetic field simulation based on the Finite Element Method (FEM). JMAG-RT is the group of JMAG features that make the configuration of a motor drive simulation system possible. Using an FEM model, JMAG-RT generates a behavioral model that can be applied to a control simulation in SystemVision.
Infolytica Corporation is a provider of electromagnetic and thermal analysis software for low frequency devices. Infolytica is a specialist in low-frequency electromagnetic devices. Its latest software package, MotorSolve, provides a unique motor and drive design tool. MotorSolve helps the designer to properly size the machine, refine geometries, select materials, and choose winding patterns, in order to reach the desired machine characteristics. MotorSolve can produce models in VHDL-AMS format that can be used in SystemVision simulations.