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Altium, Nimbic work on power integrity system Altium PI-DC

03 Feb 2014  | Julien Happich

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Altium and Nimbic have entered a collaboration to bring to market power integrity solution Altium PI-DC. The system will allow users to validate DC voltage and current performance in their designs prior to prototype and production. The solution lets designers avoid issues with power delivery and pinpoint potential failure points, including high via currents that could lead to fusing or high resistance neck-down regions resulting in excessive voltage drop.

Built from the ground-up, Altium PI-DC is based on Nimbic's specialised 3D full-wave electromagnetic solver, and is designed to address the requirements of large-scale power integrity problems.

Altium PI-DC integrates into Altium Designer as an optional extension. Nets for analysis are selected in Altium Designer with DC voltage drop and current density results displayed directly over the layout. This allows a designer to interactively identify and fix issues with no guess work about what layout structure might be causing the issue. The tool is set to be released later this quarter.

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