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Synopsys, Zuken Collaborate On PCB Design, Simulation

A partnership between Synopsys and Zuken will focus on developing an integrated and robust printed-circuit-board (PCB) design and simulation tool suite. The pair plans to combine two complementary product lines, Synopsys’ Saber Simulator and Zuken’s CR-5000 System Designer, which will amount to a platform for integrated system-level electronic design, simulation, and verification. Zuken and Synopsys have also established an In-Sync agreement enabling mutual promotion and development work.

The companies agreed to develop a new, tightly integrated interface between Zuken’s CR-5000 System Designer and Synopsys’ Saber Simulator for analog and mixed-signal board-level design. Development teams from both companies will use Synopsys’ Frameway technology, which has been used to successfully integrate the Saber Simulator with other third-party environments, to create a bidirectional interface between the complementary toolsets. Customers will use System Designer to create their designs, and then directly launch Saber simulations from within the CR-5000 environment. This approach eliminates potential errors by connecting the design implementation, simulator, and results analysis within a common interface. Results will be analyzed in Synopsys’ CosmosScope waveform analyzer.

Synopsys’ Saber Simulator is a powerful modeling and simulation environment used to simulate, analyze, and verify system interactions between multiple physical domains (electrical, magnetic, mechanical, thermal, and hydraulic). With its advanced time-domain and frequency-domain analyses, comprehensive model libraries, multi-language modeling tools, and powerful waveform analyzer, designers can optimize their designs for performance, reliability, and cost.

CR-5000 is Zuken’s scalable PCB and advanced packaging layout suite created for the small-to-large enterprise market. It enables rules applied early in the design process to be maintained through to manufacturing. System Designer, the design creation part of Zuken's CR-5000 layout suite, is a graphical tool for design capture and analysis. It supports a wide range of graphical and textual design entry methods and is suited to digital, analog, and mixed-signal circuit design at both the system and PCB level. The tool is tightly linked to synthesis, simulation, timing analysis, verification, and debugging throughout the design process.

The companies expect the complete, integrated interface to be available in late 2007.



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