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Cadence links PSpice to Matlab

Posted: 17 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cadence design systems? pspice? simulator? matlab? modeling tool?

Linking two widely-used electronic design products, Cadence Design Systems has announced an interface between its PSpice analog simulator and the Matlab modeling tool from The Mathworks. The interface allows the co-simulation of electrical and mechanical systems.

The new PSpice interface, called SLPS, was co-developed by Cadence and Japanese company Cybernet Systems. It links PSpice to both Matlab and The Mathworks' Simulink simulator, and can be used with a new PSpice Smoke option to provide reliability analysis.

SLPS allows users to substitute electronic blocks in PSpice, allowing co-simulation with Matlab and Simulink. By simulating electronics within a complete electrical-mechanical system, Cadence claims, users may be able to create a successful system design with only one prototype.

The PSpice Smoke option, meanwhile, lets designers perform a stress audit to verify that electrical components are operating within the manufacturer's safe operating limits or derated limits. The Smoke tool flags violations such as power dissipation, secondary breakdown limits, current/voltage and junction temperature limits.

Both the PSpice SLPS interface and the Smoke option are available now as part of Cadence's OrCAD product line.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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