SEATTLE – Simberian Inc. has released SimbeorT 2007, which includes three new feature updates: two-sided metal surface roughness analysis, models for trapezoidal strips and the release of a multi-user network licensing version of SimbeorT software. Metal surface roughness can significantly degrade signals in interconnects and SimbeorT provides unique capabilities to model it.
SimbeorT 2007 runs on any computer with Windows 2000/XP or compatible OS, single, dual-core or quad-core processors, and a 3D video card. To ensure customers' success, Simberian offers free online webinars and training classes, technical product support. Software updates are also included with the annual license of SimbeorT 2007.
MONTREAL, Ontario, Canada – Cimmetry Systems has released its Integration Software Development Kit (SDK). The Integration SDK provides AutoVue end users and Cimmetry ISV partners with a comprehensive framework to integrate AutoVue viewing and collaboration capabilities, respectively, into any internally developed or commercial document management (DMS), product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Cimmetry's Integration SDK is said to deliver end users with the tools and documentation necessary for corporate developers to add AutoVue's multi-format, native document viewing, markup and collaboration capabilities to the DMS/PLM/ERP systems they have developed, allowing users to promptly access, view and comment on documents wherever they reside. By doing so, Cimmetry reportedly provides organizations with an easy and flexible way to complement the content management capabilities of their in-house systems, and improve existing document review and collaborative processes.
The Integration SDK also allows ISV partners to develop and market integrations of AutoVue with other product offerings, strengthening the capabilities of these systems.
CUPERTINO, CA – Silicon Navigator Corp., a provider of broad-based Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions based natively on the Open Source, OpenAccess database, announced three new software engines for its RDE Framework (RDE)- SKILL compatible PCell Editor, RTL Power Analysis and Schematic Editor. The engines are said to augment RDE's existing engines for RTL processing, static timing analysis, layout editing, mask processing, data translation and graphic display.
According to the company, the RDE engines increase productivity for CAD developers and speed up CAD design tool development by allowing CAD developers to spend time on solving design problems rather than building basic functionality. Extensions facilitate the development of comprehensive EDA solutions on a unified standards-based environment
"We continue to aggressively pursue our business model of licensing design components based on the OpenAccess database," said CEO George Janac. "Our new engines are in answer to CAD developers' requests for broader flow coverage and better OpenAccess integration so Internal CAD solutions can cover new and unmet chip design needs."
The Schematic Editor engine reportedly allows designers to create or edit existing schematics stored in the OpenAccess database. The PCell engine and editor offers an interface for access to PCells coded in SKILLTM in the OpenAccess database. The RTL power analysis engine accepts RTL as input and computes leakage, dynamic and switching power by elaborating the RTL and propagating the activity. RTL and netlist support enables power to be tracked early in a design project and quickly optimized. RDE environment supports designs with millions of instances in a fraction of the time of other systems.
GARBSEN, Germany – LPKF’s MicroLine UV 3000 laser cutting system represents the next generation of LPKF's successful MicroLine 350Di, addressing critical applications in prototyping and pre-series production. The MicroLine UV 3000 laser cutting system includes a new laser source and a new high-speed linear drive, reportedly featuring greater positioning accuracy, higher speed and faster acceleration – resulting in slashed processing times. The new re-designed vacuum table is said to make the loading and unloading process quick and easy.
The LPKF MicroLine UV laser system encompasses versatile tools with the ability to perform precision cutting, routing, skiving, drilling, cutting pockets, structuring of etch/solder resist, micromachining of ceramic substrates and more.
ENDICOTT, NY – Endicott Interconnect Technologies has released HPC-Z interconnections that provide signal connections only where desired, with functional isolation for single or double side surface mount partitions.
The HPC-Z interconnect reportedly solves thick board drilling and wire density problems with the capability of isolating high-speed channels on one sub-assembly and low-speed channels on another. It provides interconnections withinthe board, and eliminates unnecessary plated-through-hole (PTH) drilling.
“Now, you only laser drill the length of the sub-composite,” said Voya Markovich, CTO and senior vice president of R&D. “You can eliminate PTHs that are blocking other wiring channels, which increases wireability, eliminates PTH stubs and results in a thinner and faster board. We’re working to develop full HPC–Z products that will completely eliminate the need for mechanical drilling and result in the introduction of higher density and higher speed integrated electronic packaging products.”
HPC-Z provides a “PTH-like” connection at lamination with a pad-to-pad connection made with conductive epoxy. Since there is vertical connection with a lamination in place of a PTH, aspect ratios for drill and plate are limited to sub-assembly dimensions. Drilling is reduced; instead of having to drill a 300-mil-thick board through the entire structure to go from signal plane to signal plane, you can drill only where necessary. This minimizing of the PTH effect results in increased wiring density due to smaller vias and lands. With HPC-Z, there are more wiring lines available that would have been closed off by PTH drilling.
SANTA CLARA, CA – Sigrity Inc. has introduced OrbitIO Planner, a solution that is said to enable dynamic IO planning across the multiple domains of IC, package and printed circuit board. According to the company, this is the first single tool to provide both a full physical view of all the interconnect domains that comprise a system, and offer the ability to explore and optimize the IO interfaces across these domains.
OrbitIO Planner reportedly addresses the discontinuities that exist in today's design flows by providing a 'big-picture' system view early enough in the design cycle that meaningful changes can be evaluated easily and propagated among domains. The foundation for this capability is a unified data model that merges all of the IC, package and PCB data into a single data representation, using their native formats. This single data model facilitates real-time evaluation and what-if exploration of IO assignment and connectivity options. Once the optimized IO plan has been established, the data is pushed back to the originating sources in their native formats.
"The traditional approach to IO planning using spreadsheets and snapshots of static data no longer is viable, as more and more companies face product delays, cost issues and overly complex designs as a result of poor planning,” said Dr. Jiayuan Fang, president of Sigrity. “Package awareness in IC tools is a step in the right direction, but it's limited by the tools' single-die orientation and an inability to plan for multi-die applications such as system-in-package (SiP) or package-on-package (POP). We're pleased that early customers are taking an IO-centric approach to design planning by implementing OrbitIO Planner as the first step in their physical design planning process."
OrbitIO Planner can be applied to a wide variety of package configurations, including stacked applications for SiP and POP. It also supports wire bond, flip-chip, surface mount and mixed-die-attachment methods. OrbitIO Planner is compatible with IC design flows from Cadence, Magma and Synopsys, using standard formats such as LEF/DEF and Open Access, and it supports package and PCB data for most popular systems.