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ANSYS launches Slwave suite for PCB, IC design

03 Feb 2014

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ANSYS has expanded its Slwave electromagnetic (EM) simulation suite with the addition of SIwave-DC, SIwave-PI, and SIwave. The suite is intended for use in the design of high-speed printed circuit boards (PCB) and integrated circuit (IC) packages. The company says the new technology delivers end-to-end signal integrity analysis in single user interface and allows users to quickly detect potential power and signal integrity problems with increased flexibility and easier access to a complete set of analysis capabilities that can be leveraged throughout the PCB design flow.

The Slwave suite is powered by its hybrid, full-wave finite element EM solver engine. SIwave-DC targets the DC analysis of low-voltage, high-current PCB and IC packages, enabling the assessment of critical end-to-end voltage margins for reliable power delivery. SIwave-PI includes all SIwave-DC features and adds alternating current (AC) analysis to accurately model power delivery networks and noise propagation on PCBs. SIwave combines all SIwave-DC and SIwave-PI functionality and adds a robust time-domain circuit simulation engine for end-to-end signal integrity design and compliance.

"It's becoming increasingly important for our customers to be able to quickly recognise potential pre- and post-layout power and signal integrity problems for today's high-speed digital designs," said Steven Pytel, product manager at ANSYS. "In consultation with our customers, we identified demand for targeted analysis for DC, power integrity, and full systems. The new SIwave technology and workflow provide a complete set of analysis software based on the highest fidelity electromagnetic numerical analyses to address all aspects of PCB and IC package design."

SIwave-DC allows users to perform pre- and post-layout DC voltage drop, DC current density, and DC power density analyses. This will ensure that power distribution networks (PDNs) can source the proper power to ICs by checking that the PDN has the proper bump, ball, and pin sizes, as well as proper copper weighting to minimise losses and identify areas of excess current resulting in thermal hot spots to reduce risk of field failure.

Using sophisticated genetic algorithms, SIwave-PI allows the specification of various constraints (capacitor price, total number of capacitors, desired network impedance, etc.) for consideration in its cost function. Accurate frequency-dependent S-parameter capacitor models are utilised during simulation. In addition, the impact of capacitor physical location and mounting technique is captured by the full-wave electromagnetic extraction engine. SIwave-PI significantly improves engineering productivity by automating decoupling capacitor selection, placement, and optimisation for printed circuit boards and IC packages.

With SIwave, signal integrity engineers can easily import electrical CAD geometry, extract GHz-accurate interconnect models for the IC, package and PCB, include transistor level models of drivers and receivers, and run signal sign off analysis, impedance matching and power delivery system optimisation. This solution includes common Input/Output Buffer Information Specification (IBIS) analyses such as "Power-Aware IBIS" and "IBIS-AMI" to provide virtual compliance to design engineers.

Other key features in SIwave include virtual compliance, advanced simulation performance, and high-performance computing (HPC) acceleration and bi-directional links to ANSYS Icepak and ANSYS Mechanical to predict temperature rise, thermal induced stress, and structural integrity.

The new release will ship in March 2014.

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