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Analysis tool reads oscilloscope waveform data

Posted: 06 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sandwork? Spice Explorer? WaveView? 2006.1?

Sandwork Design Inc. has announced that Spice Explorer and WaveView Analyzer 2006.1 offers oscilloscope waveform data reading capability and the option to display multiple IBIS models. With these new features, designers can acquire measured data in binary format directly from oscilloscopes, allowing them to save considerable time by performing complex analysis more efficiently on their own desktop computers, said the press release.

According to Sandwork, the sophisticated analysis tools in Spice Explorer and WaveView Analyzer 2006.1 enable designers to carry out complex analysis of hardware measurements with the same tools they use to analyze their simulation results. In addition, Spice Explorer frees up expensive capital equipment for other applications and decouples the analysis from the scope, ensuring that the same algorithms are used on both the measured and simulation data. The ability to use familiar EDA tools for analysis, to view data not previously accessible to designers, and to integrate and consolidate industry-standard CAD tools from multiple simulation vendors makes comparisons easier and more meaningful, explained the company.

Spice Explorer's ability to export waveforms in a piece-wise linear (PWL) format allows designers to use real-life measured data as sources in further simulations. For example, Sandwork customers have captured real-life noisy power supplies and converted them to a PWL source for use in simulations to check the robustness of their designs and immunity to noise.

Sandwork said the Spice Explorer also provides designers the option to read, display and compare multiple IBIS models. This improvement greatly enhances their ability to qualify generated IBIS models from Spice models.

"The oscilloscope support in this release of Spice Explorer adds hardware measurement to the capabilities we deliver, and IBIS adds system-level support," said Sandwork President and CEO Jack Yao. "As far as we know, we're the only company providing easy access to and support for analysis of data from all three areas of simulation, hardware measurement and system-level modeling."

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