Cadence Launches Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution

November 11, 2013 by Jeff Shepard

Addressing the critical power challenges faced by electronics developers, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. introduced Voltus™ IC Power Integrity Solution, delivering record performance and capacity power analysis to meet the needs of next-generation chip design. Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution draws on unique new technology as well as integration with Cadence® IC, package, PCB and system tools to enable design teams to better manage power issues throughout the product development cycle and achieve faster design closure.

"As a global leader in embedded processing semiconductor solutions, Freescale is always on the lookout for new design tools that help us innovate and create at the most advanced levels of technology," said Ken Hansen, vice president and chief technology officer at Freescale Semiconductor. "We are teaming early on with Cadence to validate the Voltus technology and we are impressed by its performance gains. This type of enhanced productivity is invaluable to help us meet our time-to-market goals."

Following the May release of Tempusâ„¢ Timing Signoff Solution, the Voltus solution marks the second major new product this year from Cadence aimed at speeding design signoff and closure. Using the Voltus solution, Cadence customers can shrink the critical power signoff closure and analysis phase to a minimum through key capabilities including: A new massively distributed parallel power integrity analysis engine that delivers a scalable performance gain up to 10X over competing products; A hierarchical architecture that, coupled with the parallel execution, scales to multiple CPU cores and servers, enabling the analysis of designs of up to a billion instances; SPICE-accurate solver technology that provides the most accurate power signoff results; and Physically-aware power integrity optimization, such as early rail analysis, de-coupling cap and power gating switches, that improves physical implementation quality and speeds up design closure.

Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution delivers these capabilities as a standalone product, but provides even greater benefits when integrated with other Cadence tools: The industry's first unified electrical signoff solution for faster,converged timing and power signoff, when used with Tempus Timing Signoff Solution; A unique and comprehensive power integrity solution encompassing chip, package and PCB when combined with Encounter® Digital Implementation System and Allegro® Sigrity™ Power Integrity; Analysis of custom/analog IP in an analog mixed-signal SoC design when integrated with Virtuoso(R) Power System; and Accurate IC chip power integrity analysis, driven by real-world power stimulus when used with Palladium® Dynamic Power Analysis functionality.

"With power issues playing an ever-growing role in SoCs, we realized that existing technology would not meet the needs for complex designs," said Anirudh Devgan, Senior Vice President of the Digital and Signoff Group (DSG) at Cadence. "Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution is Cadence's answer to these challenges, and all our early adopters are reporting great successes on its performance and capacity, including on-time tapeout for one of the industry's largest chips."