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Optimal design tools suit IC, packaging, PCB

Posted: 28 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optimal? o-wave series? o-wave pkg? o-wave pcb? o-wave ic?

Optimal Corp. has released its O-Wave series of products for 3D, full-wave signal integrity simulation, analysis and verification for high-speed IC, packaging and PCB.

According to the company, O-Wave9s proprietary algorithms accelerate cycle times for high-speed electromagnetic simulation such as s-parameter extraction of RFIC designs by up to 10 times the speed of products currently on the market, while requiring only one third the memory capacity.

"As more advanced SoC designs call for more layers, higher speeds, higher frequencies and mixed-signal integration, only the full-wave solutions will provide the accuracy required to adequately perform RLGC parasitic extraction or s-parameter analysis for IC package-PCB codesign," said Chairman and CEO Len Perham. "We are pleased to offer our customers the unified full-wave signal integrity toolset that they need as designs move to 90nm."

The full-wave parasitic extraction capabilities of the O-Wave series work best on high-speed, high-complexity designs, where on-chip and I/O speeds exceed 2GHz. Optimal said that quasi-static signal integrity tools do not provide enough accuracy for high-speed designs and other full-wave tools cannot efficiently handle complex structures due to speed and computer capacity limitations.

The new series is a full-wave parasitic extraction tool that combines a proprietary multigrid finite element solution with the Krylov order-reduction algorithm. Instead of solving the Maxwell9s equations directly with the finest meshes, O-Wave9s multigrid technique uses the electric field solution with coarse meshes as initial guess, and quickly finds a convergent, more accurate solution with finer meshes.

The O-Wave tools, namely O-Wave PKG, O-Wave PCB and O-Wave IC, will be available on Windows OS, with U.S. prices starting at $60,000.

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