Altium, Nimbic to Release New Power Integrity Software Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:07

CARLSBAD, CA -- Altium and Nimbic will release a new power integrity tool under a development partnership between the PCB CAD tool developer and the electromagnetic simulation software provider. As part of the agreement, Nimbic will join Altium’s newly formed Altium Developer program, forging a strategic alliance between the two companies and a new tool called Altium PI-DC.

Altium PI-DC validates DC voltage and current performance in designs prior to prototype and production. The tool is said to help avoid issues with power delivery and identify potential failure points. This includes high via currents that could cause fusing, or high resistance neck-down regions resulting in excessive voltage drop.

Altium PI-DC is based on Nimbic’s specialized 3D full-wave electromagnetic  solver, and is designed to address the requirements of large-scale power integrity problems, the companies said.

“Nimbic views this relationship with Altium as a significant opportunity to expand our market presence,” said Bala Vishwanath, chief marketing officer of Nimbic.  “With Altium’s PCB knowledge and Nimbic’s electromagnetic simulation expertise, we have the ability to raise the bar and introduce solutions that are no longer cost-prohibitive allowing companies not only to increase productivity, but also design for reliability.”

Altium PI-DC integrates into Altium Designer as an optional extension, giving engineers a seamless environment for DC analysis. 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.

“BGAs have hundreds of power and ground pins with numerous supply rails requiring complex networks of capacitors to manage “pure” power. The sophistication of the PDN (power distribution network) requires engineers to be able to effectively analyze and make corrections early on in the design process,” said Daniel Fernsebner, director of technical partnerships for Altium. “This partnership with Nimbic introduces a robust integrated power integrity solution to our customers.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:17
 

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